Deportation awaits Kentucky Marine’s dad, Sheriff’s friend

December 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

But Immigration is giving him a chance to prove he should be granted permanent residency in the US. “We’re just asking for a day in court and … if we get that, I have good feelings,” said Ron Russell, lawyer for illegal immigrant Juan Andres, 41, who came to the US as a teen and whose son, a Marine, is heading to Afghanistan. Andres had to file evidence to try to stop his deportation to Guatemala. He is being held in a jail in Boone County, Ky. The evidence will include letters from Andres’ 5 children, all of whom are US citizens. One of them is Lance Cpl. Aspar Andres, who is scheduled to leave Sunday for his Marine camp, where he will await deployment to Afghanistan. The father, Juan Andres, was arrested Dec. 9 when he accompanied a friend to an immigration office in Louisville to act as a translator. An immigration official suspected Andres was not in the US legally, and he was arrested. Letters supporting Andres have been written by friends and employers, as well as a county attorney and sheriff in one community where Andres has done agricultural work for years. To get legal status, Andres would have to prove to the judge that he is of good moral character, has been in the country for 10 years and that deportation would create a hardship to his kids. Andres won’t have any problem meeting the 1st two requirements. The 3rd hurdle turns on if the judge feels that his citizen children will suffer exceptional hardship as Andres is the family’s main breadwinner. (AP)


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