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Another Green Card Saved

Published: Jan 23, 2006 By: Matthew L. Kolken Source: My Source
Matthew L. Kolken, Esq. has saved another one of his client’s Green Cards by order of the Immigration Judge.  Mr. Kolken’s client, a citizen of Guyana, was convicted in 1994 for possession of stolen property.  The client had purchased 5 stolen coats from a co-worker.  He bought the coats as presents for his wife, mother and sister, and pled guilty to the crime, saving the Government the time and expense of contested litigation.
Several years later, Mr. Kolken’s client who was applying for his United States citizenship, was charged by Immigration Services with being removable from the United States because of the criminal conviction which occurred ten years prior to the institution of Immigration Court Proceedings against him.  The conviction did render the client deportable, but Mr. Kolken, after a trial, argued that his client should be allowed to remain in the United States because the substantial positive factors that were present outweighed the seriousness of his sole criminal conviction for buying and being in possession of 5 stolen coats.
The Client’s Green Card was saved, and he is now eligible to apply for United States citizenship.
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