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On this page the attorney summarizes and links to online articles that either (a) he wrote or (b) illustrate his standing as a legal authority. He also posts to this page legal information that may help immigrants and their advocates. In keeping with that effort, this page covers every public disciplinary action taken against any self-described immigration attorney in the Dallas-Fort Worth area (as reported in the Texas Bar Journal) since 2003.

Former asylum officer denounces 'Remain in Mexico' policy
11/13/2019

The Washington Post has obtained and published a four-page critique of the "Remain in Mexico" policy written by an asylum officer fired for her or his principled refusal to participate in the program. The author argues convincingly that "Remain in Mexico" violates U.S. law, regulations, and treaty obligations.


The America Team for Displaced Eritreans posts online Tigrinya translation of I-589
10/30/2019

The nonprofit America Team for Displaced Eritreans (ATDE) has made available online a Tigrinya translation of the application for asylum in the United States, Form I-589. The attorney cannot attest to the precision of that translation, but knows the ATDE to be a principled voice for the rights of Eritrean refugees.


State Bar of Texas severely sanctions immigration attorney
10/28/2019

For dishonesty with a client and with the State Bar of Texas, Dallas-based immigration attorney Simeon Olumide Coker was suspended from practicing law for 12 months and ordered to pay $850 for attorneys' fees and direct expenses. In a separate matter, a Dallas District Court judge found, inter alia, Coker had violated the prohibition on conflicts of interest and rules maintaining the integrity of the courts. The court suspended Coker's license till September 30, 2021 and fined him over $5,000 in fees and direct costs. Coker was twice before sanctioned, when subject to probated suspensions in 2012 and 2013. 


Asylum applicants too often denied work authorization: American Immigration Council
08/30/2019

The American Immigration Council publication "Up against the clock: Fixing the broken employment authorization asylum clock" examines the law, regulations, and procedures that govern the issuance of employment authorization to applicants for asylum in the U.S. The report finds grave, nationwide problems with  "a lack of transparency," "misinterpretation of the regulations," and immigration judges' "case completion goals." 


Attorney Bilal A. Khaleeq dibarred
08/27/2019

On July 29, 2019, the Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals entered a final order of disbarment against Dallas immigration attorney Bilal Ahmed Khaleeq. 

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