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12-year-old boy begs judge not to deport his father

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A father of five children that reportedly never missed a day of work and regularly volunteered his time at a food distribution center since coming to the United States from Mexico is desperately seeking relief from deportation. Letters have poured in on behalf of the father, advocating against separating him from his family, but the most gut-wrenching words comes from the man's son. The 12-year-old child born in the United States wrote to the judge presiding over the case, "Please I beg you with all my heart to leave my dad with us and I promise you I will be a good student and I will be somebody in life to help this country."

The moving words of the child speak to the manner in which deportation can absolutely devastate a family. Individuals that are not U.S. citizens can be deported for being undocumented, overstaying their visas, committing crimes or abandoning their green cards.

Unfortunately, this father has been convicted of two DUIs and driving without a license. Being charged with a crime can pose serious immigration consequences. There are manners in which individuals, with the aid of a legal attorney, can fight deportation proceedings. In similar situations, it is often advised to seek counsel with an immigration attorney and a criminal defense attorney.

Unfortunately, this father's plight is not unique. There are around 400,000 individuals deported every year for various reasons. While the outcome of this case remains to be seen, hopefully this father does not become another statistic. This father's family will likely suffer great hardship in the event that he is deported.

Source: The Huffington Post, "In Immigration Deportation Case, Son's Letter Begs Judge Rex Ford Not To Deport Father," Roque Planas, Nov. 20, 2012

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