I had been on my way to a friend’s house for the holidays when a woman in a blue pickup truck stopped beside me and asked me to leave.
The man had just been arrested in New York City and I was there to talk about immigration.
We talked about his criminal history and his long history of arrests.
She explained that he had been arrested for a string of misdemeanors, including a domestic violence conviction and a traffic citation for driving without a license.
She said he had also been deported twice.
The woman had come from New Jersey.
I told her I would like to speak with someone from immigration.
I had never been to New Jersey, but the man had come here from Pennsylvania and was from California.
I asked if he was in jail.
“No, he’s not,” he said.
“I’m just here to get a car.”
The woman didn’t look surprised.
She told me that a couple of months ago she was approached by a New Jersey immigration lawyer who was interested in helping her with her immigration case.
The lawyer had come to New York from New York.
He told her that she was eligible for a bond of $2,500, which she was told would be sufficient.
The attorney explained that her bond was going to be paid by the man who had recently deported her.
The couple had been married for seven years and were living in a small house with the man’s family.
She was looking forward to having her daughter born.
But then the man in the truck pulled up.
“How are you?” he asked the woman.
“Fine, thanks,” she said.
But that night, when the man drove off, the woman was worried that she would be arrested.
She called the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in Newark, where she works as a legal assistant.
She asked the agency to look into the case and she got an email back from an ICE official who told her the man was eligible to apply for a work permit.
“This is great,” the official wrote.
“They are sending you an application for a visa.
If you are eligible for the visa, we can help you get a work visa.”
But, she said, the man has a criminal history.
The ICE official said she should send him an application to a local office.
The agency didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
In an email, ICE said that it can be a challenge for the agency’s offices to accept applications from people who have been deported.
“We recognize that the challenges of processing an individual’s application can include the need to determine whether a person has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor,” an ICE spokeswoman wrote.
It also said that “we can process applications from individuals who have not been convicted or who have a work authorization.”
The New Jersey woman said she had been looking for a job since leaving her husband in New Zealand in March.
But she didn’t want to move back in with him because he was still working as a construction worker.
She is looking for work, but she doesn’t want him to be deported.
When I arrived in New Brunswick, I asked the immigration lawyer how she could help her husband.
“He is a convicted felon, so he is going to have to live here until he is deported,” she replied.
“The best thing you can do is contact your attorney, tell them to contact ICE and make sure they know that you are going to represent him.”
The lawyer then directed me to the New Jersey office of Immigration and Refugee Services.
It takes a while to process an immigrant application and the woman has a long wait list for appointments.
She has been waiting for a couple months, so she said she was worried.
“If ICE wants to send me a case number, I can send them a case numbers.
But I would prefer to be there by appointment.”
The immigration attorney then called the local ICE office and told me to wait at the office for about a half hour.
I waited at the reception desk for another hour.
When the woman called, she told me she had no information about my case.
“There is no ICE case number,” the immigration attorney told me.
“But you can call the New York office of ICE.”
I called the New Brunswick office of the immigration agency.
They told me I would have to show my case number and they would try to get it through the court system.
“So you can’t call ICE?”
“You are not allowed to call them,” the ICE lawyer said.
I explained to the woman that she could call ICE but she had to wait an hour for an appointment.
But, the immigration official told me, I could do so.
I called and asked for the number to call ICE, and they sent me a message.
But when I spoke to the man, he didn’t answer.
When he saw me, he said, “I’ll call you in the morning.”
I told the immigration officer that I would call him when I could.
“Well, I don’t