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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Deportation, Not Citizenship

     You remember that kid in Little League that never changed his batting stance no matter how many strikes?  One, two, three, out.  One, two, three, out.  Game after game.  Some foreigners are like that.  I recently met with a man who was arrested when he was very young for a crime he may not (or may) have committed.  Doesn't matter.  He did not hire an attorney and was convicted.  Years later he became a legal permanent resident.
     Feeling all is well, he travelled abroad and when he returned Immigration interrogated him for a lengthy period of time at the airport.  Despite this, after Immigration let him go, he did not hire an immigration attorney to sort out the issues.  Sadly, many foreigners incorrectly believe that if they have lived in the U.S. for many years after a conviction -- and have travelled abroad -- they are in some kind of safe harbor.
     Then, he applied for naturalization.  After living in the U.S. over 15 years, he is denied.  And placed in deportation proceedings.  Strike three.
     I'm glad to say he has now hired an attorney.  Change is good.

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