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Man’s deportation could affect brother’s health

On Behalf of | Jun 3, 2014 | U.S. Immigration Law |

Whenever a family of immigrants lives in the United States and works for decades, they typically rely on each other for support — just like any other family does when they live in close proximity. However, if anyone in that immigrant family has faced any kind of criminal charge, there may be the threat of deportation. For one man, his deportation may have adverse health consequences for his brother. Maryland readers may be interested in following the case.

The man’s family is from Cambodia. They came to the United States as refugees. The man in question was a young child when the family came here in 1985. While other family members became naturalized citizens, the young man didn’t for some reason.

Later, he served time in federal prison after a drug conviction. He is now referred to as a criminal alien and is facing deportation back to Cambodia. Meanwhile, his brother — a naturalized U.S. citizen — is in need of a kidney transplant. The brother can donate his, but it appears as if he may be deported before that can take place.

Many in this situation find themselves facing an uncertain future as they may face deportation back to a country they have not been to in many years or decades. If deported, they may not be allowed back in the country to see or attend to family matters concerning those they left behind. Maryland families in a situation where a loved one may be deported to a country they do not consider home may want to be aware of their legal rights and options to achieve the optimal result.

Source:, “This Man May Be Deported To Cambodia Before He Can Give His Brother A Kidney”, Paula Wissel, May 27, 2014