Our Associate Christina Xenides successfully persuaded ICE in San Antonio, TX to join in a motion to reopen removal proceedings in order to allow our client to pursue a provisional waiver. Below is Ms. Xenides summary of the case:
Our client is a native and citizen of Honduras who entered the United States without inspection on October 25, 1999, when she was 18 years old. She never left the U.S. She was ordered removed from the U.S. in abstentia on September 12, 2000, which means that she never appeared before the Immigration Judge despite being notified of her Court date. The Immigration Judge ordered our client removed in her absence. In 2005 our client married a U.S. citizen. She and her husband have two U.S. citizen children together. Our client has been gainfully employed since she entered the United States and she has made attempts to comply with the tax laws of the U.S. She has never been convicted of any crimes in the U.S. or anywhere else in the world. She has worked extremely hard to support her family and live the American dream. She regularly attends church and is involved in her community. She recently received an approved I-130 alien relative petition that was filed on her behalf by her husband. She is now eligible to receive her lawful permanent residence, green card, with the filing and approval of an I-601A Provisional Waiver. Our Law Firm submitted a proposed joint motion to reopen for consideration with the District Counsel's in San Antonio, TX to reopen her proceedings for the purpose of allowing her to pursue the provisional waiver. The proposed motion was supported by affidavits from our client's U.S. citizen relatives, her work and tax history, and her personal statement as to why she did not appear at her immigration court hearing in 2000. Based upon that information, district counsel was persuaded to join in our motion to reopen proceedings.