Immigration client had committed minor offenses in the past; Immigration attorney successfully argued that such minor offenses do not disqualify client from asylum in the U.S.
Immigration Lawyer Magdalena Cuprys of the law firm Cuprys and Associates announced today that the Board of Immigration Appeals ruled in her client’s favor in a disputed asylum case. Ms. Cuprys is a recognized immigration attorney based in Florida but represents clients not only in the United States but from outside of the U.S. as well. She filed an asylum case on behalf of her client H.C., a young man originally from Honduras. H.C. had been in the U.S. since the age of eight and feared persecution if he were to return to Honduras. Ms. Cuprys therefore presented his asylum request before an Immigration Judge.
The Immigration Judge agreed with Ms. Cuprys and her client H.C., and granted asylum in the Fall of 2017. However, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appealed the Immigration Judge’s decision. In particular, the Judge found that H.C. established “extraordinary circumstances” so that H.C. could receive asylum. Further, H.C. qualified as a refugee because of fear of persecution should he return to Honduras. On appeal, DHS argued that H.C.’s status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program does not identify as an “extraordinary circumstances.” DHS opposed the asylum grant.
In its recent appeals decision, the Board of Immigration Appeals agrees with Immigration Lawyer Magdalena Cuprys. Ms. Curprys stated “the order came back that the appeal was dismissed. As you can imagine, we are very pleased with the court’s decision.” She went on to add “as to asylum cases, they are being challenged more and more because of the changing government policies”.
In particular, the Board of Immigration Appeals found that H.C.’s minor run-ins with the law did not disqualify him. While some criminal offenses may be within the “ambit of a particularly serious crime,” they certainly were not serious crimes in this case, as Ms. Cuprys successfully argued. Thus, the Board dismisses the appeal by the Department of Homeland Security. H.C. can now complete the asylum procedures and remain in the U.S.
Magdalena Cuprys is the principal attorney of Serving Immigrants (Cuprys & Associates), a full-service immigration law firm offering a complete range of immigration services to both businesses and individuals. The law firm is uniquely qualified to manage the most contentious and unusual immigration needs. Ms. Cuprys’ website is www.servingimmigrants.com. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), see http://www.ailalawyer.com/english/AttorneyDetail.aspx?P=19738&A=40169. Here professional LinkedIn profile is at https://www.linkedin.com/in/magdalena-cuprys-265534a/