Immigration officer from hell
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Judge, jury, and executioner?
I have been present at many immigration residency interviews where the attorney did not appear and instead sent the applicants by themselves. Though very common, I have witnessed at times, very strange, aggressive behavior from the part of the officers, that do not feel any sort of compunction. There not being anyone to call them out.
Furthermore, immigration officers are not trained on proper questioning and their questions are many times in an improper form and vague or ambiguous as to time, date, identification of speakers, etc. Then, as I have seen way too often, the officer will get angry and imply that the person is not answering or avoiding the questions, when in fact the question was fully answered. It was just a poorly phrased question, to begin with.
More importantly, it seems some officers, given their position of authority, seem incapable of thinking it was their wording that was incorrect and not the answer. This feeds into their preconception (bias) that the interviewee is committing fraud.
On some occasions, I noticed officers are not used to using interpreters as a tool for the applicant to have equal footing in this proceeding. They only see the interpreter as a tool for their own objectives.
I have witnessed them do the following in support of this theory:
-Not allow the certified interpreter to interpret everything during the interview, especially attempt to stop me from translating disparaging murmurations against the applicants.
-Conduct side conversations (ill-speaking of the applicant) not expecting it to be translated
-Address the interpreter directly and disparage the applicant not expecting the interpreter to translate
-Show clear overt frustration upon certain answers that did not match the officer’s preconceived theory of fraud
-Ask questions in improper form, argumentative, harassing, vague, leading (in a bad way), you name it…
I would suggest you, attorneys, personally attend each and every immigration interview. As I have not witnessed the behaviors, as evidently, when an attorney is present. If you are not an attorney, then you should not be reading this, these articles are only for attorneys. I am not an attorney and nothing I say should be construed as legal advice.