Many New Jersey readers may be familiar with the story of a young immigrant in another state who was being held in detention on suspicion of human smuggling activity. There were never any criminal charges filed against the 20-year-old, who happens to be a leg amputee. His story made news headlines when he told of immigration officials (who apparently did not know he understood English) mocking his disability. In a turn of events in this immigration law case, the man's release from detention was recently scheduled.
This change comes after a tremendous public outcry on social media, campaigning for the man's freedom. Many say it was completely unjust that he remained under detention when he was not charged with a crime. Before his arrest, he was residing in the United States under protected temporary status from a work permit he obtained through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
As many know, that program is now essentially rescinded. When the immigrant's release was scheduled on a $7,500 bond, his work permit was also revoked. He will now have to continue to make his way through the removal process.
Those who heard he is being threatened with deportation have come out in his defense, saying it is a travesty of justice. He is not the first person to endure such challenges in the immigration law system. Often, New Jersey immigrants' chances of avoiding deportation and successfully seeking adjustment of status may be increased by relying on experienced guidance from an immigration attorney.
Source: Newsweek, "Immigrant Who Had Prosthetic Leg Mocked by Trump Officials to Be Freed After 'Inhumane' Detention", Nicole Rodriguez, Nov. 17, 2017