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Hudson County Jail Doesn't Perform Autopsy on Immigrant Detainee Who Died In Custody

It’s been more than two weeks since Carlos Mejia-Bonilla died while he was in the custody of immigration authorities, however, his family is still trying to figure out exactly what happened to ...
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Attorney Portela Begins Injury Claim for MTA 125th Subway Derailment Passenger

On June 27 th, 2017, the southbound A subway train derailed at the Harlem Street station at 125 th Street around 10:00 AM. An unknown number of passengers were aboard the two cars of the subway train ...
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BREAKING NEWS: Derailment Of MTA Subway A Train At 125th Street, NYC Injured Passenger Rocio Delances

Rocio Delances appeared at the Portela Law Firm, PC in Washington Heights to report that she was a passenger on the A train the day before which derailed at the 125th street station. She reported that ...
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Honduran Immigrant in ICE Custody Dies, Attorney Portela Comments

Rolando Meza Espinoza was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents on April 1 st, 2017 while the agents were seeking another individual suspected of illegally entering the country. ...
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How Is Child Custody Determined in New York?

Factors Considered When Deciding Child Custody Determining child custody always comes down to what’s believed to be in the best interest of the child / children involved. The state of New York ...
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Misdemeanors vs. Felonies in New York

Like most states, New York divides criminal offenses into two different categories: misdemeanors and felonies. While most people understand that felonies are more serious than misdemeanors, their ...
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How to Find an Immigrant Sponsor Employer in the United States

Immigration visas based on seeking employment in the United States are a pretty great way to enter the country and start a beneficial and profitable chapter in your life. Actually obtaining an ...
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Marijuana Crimes in New York

Recently, the national opinion regarding marijuana has been shifting towards a greater acceptance for personal use and medical purposes. Following this trend, many states have passed legislation for ...
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Who is Eligible for Naturalized Citizenship?

Becoming an official United States citizen can be a complicated process, to say the least. From immigration visas granted for employment opportunities to temporary green cards, entering the country ...
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Crimes of Moral Turpitude: How an Arrest Can Affect Your Visa

An arrest can be damaging under any circumstances. If you are a foreign national studying or working in New York on a temporary basis, however, an arrest can be especially devastating. Convictions for ...
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Tips to Avoid Delays in Immigration Processes

Immigrants coming into America or already living here face a wide range of difficulties that citizens may not be aware of. In particular, the notoriously slow pace of the immigration system and the ...
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Four Steps to Take After an Arrest

The circumstances behind the police’s decision to detain, arrest, and charge you for a suspected crime will always be completely unique. Preparing your defense can seem like an unpredictable ...
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Obama Delays Review of Deportation Policies

President Barack Obama has ordered a delay in administration review of deportation policies until the end of the summer. The hope is that the House of Representatives will approve a larger immigration ...
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Next Step Towards Obtaining Immigration Reform

Immigration reform continues to be a hot topic subject despite the contention it has generated both on Capitol Hill and within the general public. Back in June of 2013, the Senate was finally able to ...
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When Should I Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

No one ever wants to hire a lawyer, especially when they've never hired one before. The process often seems unfamiliar and overwhelming, but the truth is that you cannot wait long to retain an ...
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Welcome to Our New York Immigration Defense Blog!

The Portela Law Firm, P.C. has striven to provide excellent immigration defense representation in New York for many years. Part of our effort to defend non-U.S. citizens involves keeping them informed ...
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