By bartlett-weigle | 12/04/19

After a long and difficult immigration case that began over three years ago, we are glad to share what our clients are saying after the case is finally approved:

“When my husband, Felix, and I first met with Attorney Matthew Benson in August of 2016, we had no idea where to begin with his case. Mr. Benson was thorough and honest about what to expect going forward and made sure it was something we truly wanted to pursue because it was not going to be easy.

After Felix’s unexpected arrest by I.C.E. in May of 2017 during a scheduled interview with USCIS, Mr. Benson really showed us just how great a lawyer he is. He stayed in touch and kept me updated on Felix’s case during the excruciating 37 days my husband was in custody. He was eventually able to persuade the Judge to reopen his removal proceedings and he was released on bond.

Mr. Benson has worked hard for the last three years to make sure that my husband made it to his goal of becoming a Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States. The whole time he was informative, genuine, and professional. Without him, Felix would be separated from his wife, children and the place he calls home. We look forward to continuing to work with Mr. Benson to pursue citizenship for Felix in the coming years.

We are so grateful for the efforts and compassion of Attorney Matthew Benson and we recommend him any chance we get and will continue to do so”.

-Alexis and Felix Motino


A federal immigration judge has ruled to reopen the case of an undocumented Honduran immigrant from East Price Hill and to cancel his deportation order.

Judge Rosalind Malloy ruled Friday in the case of Felix Yulian “Julian” Motino, who’d entered the country illegally in 2005. His lawyer received notice over the noon-hour Monday by U.S. mail.

With his U.S.-citizen wife of two years, Alexis Motino, watching, federal agents arrested Julian Motino in a hallway of the federal building in Downtown Cincinnati. The couple had gone there the morning of May 22 for a hearing to certify their marriage was out of love.

Motino, 31, the father of two U.S.-born children from another relationship, had wanted to come out of the shadows and begin the process of gaining legal status.

He had failed to show in 2009 for a hearing in Philadelphia’s immigration court and had been issued an “absentia order” of deportation.

The new ruling gives Motino hope.

“This means his proceedings are once again pending,” said Matthew Benson, Motino’s Cincinnati-based lawyer. “This is a major step in Mr. Motino’s long path to obtain his permanent resident status.”

Motino was held for four days at the Butler County Jail in Hamilton before his May 26 transfer to the Morrow County Jail north of Columbus. Both jails have contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to serve as holding cells for undocumented immigrants.

More at ENQUIRER.COM https://amp.cincinnati.com/amp/429194001

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