20 Year Old Case Ends (finally) with Immigration Court Victory
Troy came to the USA, from Guyana, 32 years ago as a Permanent Resident.
He was 9 years old at the time. Troy could not read or write. Once he got to the USA, Troy attended school, but he was so far behind that he could not catch up. His parents were too busy working to pay much attention to him. Then, he started to run with the wrong crowd. Troy stopped going to school when he was 16. When he left school, he still could not read or write. With his buddies, Troy used drugs; first marijuana, and finally crack, to which he became addicted. Before he was 19, Troy was convicted of two felonies, and sent to prison for six years.
In prison, Troy became free of drugs, learned to read and write, and also acquired various job skills. When he left prison, Immigration put him in Deportation proceedings. That was over twenty years ago. During those two decades, SEVEN Immigration Judges presided over Troy’s case. In the first 17 years of his proceedings, in Immigration Court, Troy won three times and lost once. Each time there was an appeal, and each time, the Board of Immigration Appeals sent the proceedings back to Immigration Court.
Troy’s Day in Immigration Court
During the lifetime of his case, Troy got married and became the father of two children. Over ten years ago, Troy and his wife bought a house which needed a lot of work. Troy did all of that work himself. In addition, Troy has worked at the same job ever since he left prison. All of these positive factors were noted by the Immigration Judge at the time of Troy’s (final) hearing several months ago. In a long and detailed written decision, she granted Troy Section 212(c) relief. The Department of Homeland Security did not appeal. For the first time in over twenty years, Troy was not in Deportation proceedings. For the first time in 28 years, Troy could leave the United States and not worry what might happen to him upon his return. And, two months later, Troy and his family did go to Guyana, on vacation, the home country that Troy had not seen since he was nine years old.
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