Marine’s father deported

February 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

The Guatemalan father of a US Marine assigned to duty in Afghanistan was deported after being denied a last-ditch effort to plead his case to stay in this country. Juan Andres, 41, had fought deportation by presenting immigration officials with letters from friends, an employer, his wife and his 5 children, all of whom are US citizens, including Lance Cpl. Aspar Andres. Juan Andres, who first came to the US as a teenager, was deported Thursday after his request to appear before a judge was denied. Andres’ attorney, Ron Russell, said the deportation was “very unfortunate. He’s a very strong family man, someone who was respected in his community .. It was a case that warranted an exercise of discretion because his son is facing deployment to Afghanistan.” Russell said the deportation could be demoralizing for those in the armed services who have family members illegally in the US. He said “it would not harm our country’s interests” to allow Andres to remain in the U.S. while his son fights for it. “I can’t imagine the conflicting feelings that a soldier who is going to be deployed or is deployed in a combat situation wondering, ‘Why is my country treating my family member in such a manner?'” he said. Juan Andres worked on farms in Kentucky and elsewhere during his many years in this country. He was arrested in early December when he accompanied a friend to an immigration office in Louisville to act as a translator. An official in the office suspected Andres was in the country illegally, and Andres was arrested. (AP)

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