Green Card Saved: Deportation PreventedPublished: Mar 5, 2008 By: Matthew L. Kolken Source: My Source
We were able to save our client’s Green Card in an immigration court hearing in Buffalo, New York. Our client, a citizen of Ghana, came to the United States as a young child with his parents.
On his 21st birthday in the early 1990s he discharged his hunting rifle in order to scare off an individual who was attacking one of his friends who was being strangled. He pointed the rifle away from the attacker, but the bullet ricochet off a metal door and hit one of his other friends. Our client was charged with attempted murder, but entered a plea of guilty to assault with a deadly weapon. He served no jail time for the conviction. This is our client’s only blemish on an otherwise spotless record.
In the fifteen years since the conviction our client married a United States citizen, has two United States citizen children, is a business owner, employing United States Citizens, and is a tax payer. We argued that the severity of our client’s criminal conviction was mitigated by the fact that he has lived an otherwise law abiding life, he has extensive ties to the United States, and that it would cause his wife and children an exceptional hardship if he was deported. Immigration Judge Philip J. Montante Jr. agreed, and the Government did not appeal his order.