Asylum granted after seventeen year waitPublished: Jun 18, 2008 By: Matthew L. Kolken Source: My Source
We just obtained a grant of asylum on behalf of our client, a citizen of Laos. Our client was imprisoned and harmed by the People’s Republic of Laos due to her involvement with the United States Government, and fears return to Laos as a result. She is married to a United States citizen, and resides with him at their home in Rochester, New York. In addition, her mother is a United States citizen, and her siblings reside in the United States in lawful status.
When our client first came to us she had already been ordered deported, and her asylum application had been denied. An appeal was filed attempting to reverse the deportation order, and the denial of her asylum application. This appeal was dismissed. We then stepped in.
We were able to obtain an directive from the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacating the deportation of our client, and remanding the case back to the Board of the Immigration Appeals, who then in turn remanded the case back to the same Immigration Judge who intially ordered our client's deportation.
At a hearing before the Imigration Court in Buffalo, New York, after almost seventeen years of waiting, our client has been granted asylum, and she may now remain safely inside the United States without fear of having to go back to a country where she was persecuted.