Bloggings on Deportation and Removal

by Matthew Kolken

Mashup Artist "Pogo" Deported for Touring without Authorization

Australian Mashup artist Nick Bertke, stage-name Pogo, has run into a little trouble.  It appears he was touring in the United States after being admited under the Visa Waiver Program when he inadvertently drove near the Peace Bridge, Buffalo, New York port of entry.

USCBP held him at secondary inspection for three hours, determined he violated the terms of his status, which he admits to, and then issued a removal order under INA §§ 217 and 237(a)(1)(C)(i) for working without authorization.

It looks like he was then taken to Allegheny County Jail in Belmont, New York where he was presumably held for three weeks prior to his removal.  A bit harsh, no?

Pogo has created a petition on the White House website asking that he be allowed to return to the country.

From his twitter feed it appears that he has already contacted an immigration lawyer that has advised him of the legal process required to obtain permission to reapply for admission within the lifespan of the order, as well as the steps necessary to obtain a proper working visa.

I'll keep you posted if I hear anything.

About The Author

Matthew Kolken is a trial lawyer with experience in all aspects of United States Immigration Law including Immigration Courts throughout the United States, and appellate practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York , the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

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