Scheduled to appear before the court for an asylum case.
Heard that I would be examined and questioned by a government attorney at the court.
What to expect? How adversarial they might be?
Do judges rely on their conclusion more than defendant lawyer?
Q. "What to expect from government attorney at immigration court?" You? Nothing good or useful. Your attorney? Perhaps will know that particular "assistant" ICE attorney who will appear for that Master Calendar hearing on the government's behalf (a different one appears at each Master's) and will agree on some "ground principles" for your upcoming trial, etc.
Note that it's going to be only a "Master Calendar" hearing.
Q. "Do judges rely on their conclusion more than defendant lawyer?" Depends on the particular judge an on who your attorney is and how well he/she makes the case for you.
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You are doing your asylum claim a tremendous disservice by wondering how extensive a possible cross examination by a Government attorney might be without having a learned immigration counsel representing your vital interests.
If you want to increase your chances of staying in the U.S. lawfully discuss your case with an experienced attorney.
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You should expect the government attorney to be very adversarial.
You should not stand in front of a judge 'naked' ... ie: without a lawyer.
Don't say that you can't afford an attorney, there are non-profits that can help you.
If you are low income go here: www.justice.gov/eoir/probono/states.htm or http://www.immigrationlawhelp.org/
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