With Congress’s comprehensive immigration reform being considered, immigrants in Los Angeles that are slated for deportation are caught in a sort of limbo. Immigration activists argue that immigrants who are facing deportation for immigration violations only should be allowed to stay in the country, at least until new reform legislation is passed.
One man that may benefit from new immigration reform laws is a 35-year-old immigrant from Mexico. The man entered the country illegally eight years ago. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) became aware that he was here illegally when he was arrested last summer for allegedly trying to rob a bike from another man while on his lunch break, something his supporters say he didn’t do. He was charged with a felony which was later changed to two misdemeanors of breach of peace and reckless endangerment. Those charges were dropped after he went through a rehabilitation program.
When the man went to an appointment with immigration authorities recently, he was ordered to be deported. His attorney applied for a temporary stay of removal, and the request was granted. The lawyer argued that just because he entered the United States illegally, his punishment should not involve deportation and the requirement of staying out of the country for a decade. While the judge reviews his case, he will remain in the custody of ICE.
If you or a loved one are facing the threat of deportation, you may benefit from speaking with an immigration attorney about your case. A lawyer can help you fight to remain in the country.
Source: Hartford Courant, “Immigrant Facing Deportation Granted Temporary Stay,” Vanessa De La Torre, May 24, 2013