Any advice will be helpful...
I have a cousin who is currently in immigration custody waiting in the line for being removed. A little background about his case. He came to US in 2000, applied asylum (based on religion and ethnicity) in 2001, went all the way to the third circuit and finally was denied. In 2005 BIA issued a volunteer departure, and he appealed the decision. In 2007, board of appeal issued another volunteer departure, which he ignored, and he disappeared. Last week, finally he was picked up by ICE, and that's why he's currently in the detention. Other facts about him, he has no criminal record, he has no spouse nor kid, he has no property, he HAS a sister who is US citizen.
I spoke with few lawyers about the possibility to apply stay of removal for him. One lawyer said that it was 50-50. One lawyer said that it has a chance, and we should try it. Two lawyers said that his case has a very very slim chance, unless he has a very very good reasons like medical or family over here. One of these lawyers even said that since he violated the volunteer departure, he's not eligible for 10 years bar removal nor stay of removal.
I don't mind to get a lawyer for him even when there is a slim chance. However, if there is NO chance at all, I think I'd rather give the money to him to restart his new life in his origin.
Finally, is stay of removal something that I can apply without an attorney , or I really have to get one?
Any advice or sharing of past experience is appreciated.