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Across the line; Advocacy at U.S. ports of entry

February 15, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



February 15, 2017 – noon (PST)

When it comes to legal advocacy, United States ports of entry are an unfamiliar ballpark. There’re not even the same game. Foreign nationals have no right to legal representation. Attorneys have no right to be heard. In this unique niche of immigration law, outcomes may be determined by obscure memoranda and local practices. In this webinar we will learn the ropes of this advocacy from some of the country’s leading border advocacy experts; including how to prepare your client for successful border crossings, and how to advocate for your client when things have gone wrong.

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This webinar will address:

  • Constitutional rights (or lack thereof) at the border
    • Right to an attorney
    • 4A privacy rights
  • Nexus issues
    • You may lose Nexus if you adjust status
    • No lemons…
    • Nexus reinstatement
  • How to avoid wrong inadmissibility findings
    • Looping in Watch Commander in advance
    • DHS TRIP
  • Preclearance
  • Expedited Removal
    • Is routinely applied to Canadians
    • Is not permitted at PFI
    • How to appeal
  • Marijuana, DUIs, and the CDC
  • Port parole and other special entry issues
  • I-94s and more…
    • Problems with Nexus
    • Automated processing at PFI  
    • Deferred Inspection

About our presenters.

Greg Boos.

Greg Boos is a noted U.S. immigration lawyer and award-winning cross-border advocate. His practice includes U.S. nationality matters and U.S. business immigration. He represents a broad spectrum of multi-national companies, international businesspersons, and expatriate Americans.

A results-oriented advocate, Greg has been named one of the world’s leading practitioners of U.S. immigration law by the International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers. Based on peer reviews, Martindale-Hubbell has awarded Greg an AV Preeminent rating, a testament to the fact that his colleagues rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.

Greg received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Idaho in 1977. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the bars of various U.S. Federal courts. He is also licensed as a Practitioner of Foreign Law by the Law Society of British Columbia. The International Criminal Court has approved Greg to practice before it and includes him as one of approximately 300 lawyers worldwide on its List of Counsel.

Greg is an Adjunct Professor at Western Washington University where he acts as an external advisor to its Border Policy Research Institute. He is President of the Pacific Corridor Enterprise Council, a Vancouver BC – based non-profit organization formed to promote cross-border trade and advocate for removal of barriers that impede the legitimate flow of people, goods and services across the Canada/USA border. Greg splits his time between Vancouver B.C. and Bellingham, WA. He enjoys early music, opera and theater.

Heather Fathali.

Heather Fathali joined Cascadia Cross-Border Law after receiving her Juris Doctor degree from Seattle University School of Law in May 2014, graduating summa cum laude.  Heather is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and her practice focuses on citizenship and immigration matters.

During law school, Heather served as judicial extern to Justice Charles W. Johnson at the Washington State Supreme Court; and also completed externships with two immigration non-profit organizations: the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic’s Immigration Clinic, where she represented asylum applicants detained at the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center; and Catholic Community Services Family Immigration, where she provided immigration and citizenship assistance to low-income residents of Washington State.

Heather is a native of Bellingham, WA. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology from Western Washington University, and continues to be interested in the study of diverse cultures. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Whatcom Literacy Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing literacy and English language skills for adults in Whatcom County. She is a PADI-certified advanced scuba diver, and enjoys traveling, photography, and spending time with her family and her dogs.


February 15, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Event Category:


Sound Immigration
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