Government Agrees To Close Cohen Forman Barone Client's Deportation Proceeding

Government Agrees To Close Cohen Forman Barone Client's Deportation Proceeding

The attorneys at Cohen Forman Barone successfully prevented the deportation of a Honduran client based on his fear of being recruited by the MS-13 and 18th Street Gang in his native country. After entering the United States unlawfully through Mexico, the client was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) and spent the next two and a half years in deportation proceedings. Cohen Forman Barone eventually persuaded the ICE Chief Counsel’s Office to grant the client prosecutorial discretion.

While applications for Asylum or Withholding of Removal based on gang recruitment present unique obstacles, government attorneys became convinced that the Cohen Forman Barone client’s life was in danger if he were ordered deported to Honduras. Rather than proceed with a contested hearing, the government agreed to close the case, which would allow the client to pursue his green card through his soon to be Naturalized wife. While the government had concerns over the client’s criminal conviction, Cohen Forman Barone successfully made the case that the legitimacy of their client’s claim, along with his many positive characteristics, outweighed that one indiscretion.

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