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Every few hrs today I've remembered that a judge just denied an orphan's greencard bc he admitted to smoking marijuana and had a couple of photos (out of hundreds) on his phone goofing with hand signs and that little muscle just over my right eyesocket starts twitching again
Cannabis was legalized in MA the year he got here. And the photos weren't too off from these (to pull just a couple of examples from Googling "white people making gang signs" ), and I would bet my $900 car that the gang unit never came looking for these nice boys and girls
The kid's nowhere near gang-affiliated. I've known his adopted family for years. They keep a short leash. He was working two jobs. Had a baby on the way he's still never met after 14 months in ICE custody. There's no one for him in his home country, nothing but death. He's 21.
This story brought to you by the Boston Regional Information Center ("BRIC"), an infernal machine which @BostonPolice is using to feed our city's children of color into ICE + deportation

Ok, can't do this rn. Some necessary context:

#bospoli #mapoli

P.S. You can do everything possible to present your client in the best light, to condense the positives to a simple package w/o lying or overdoing it. But if the judge thinks weed + silly photos are just inherently bad--what good is a lawyer there?

At least it's a good appeal
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