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Is there a way to prevent deportation for someone arrested and jailed at the border? This is in Texas.

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My friend and her husband are undocumented. They have been in the US for about 15 years. They have two children that were born in the US. She also has two children living in Guatemala with her mother. Her son is now about 19, and he recently crossed the border through Mexico. He was apparently caught, and is in jail in McAllen, TX. He has not seen his mother since he was a young child. Is there anything that can be done to prevent him from being deported? These are hard-working, good people. They are not a wealthy family, but would hire an attorney to help them if the case isn't hopeless. Thank you.

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  1. Is he qualified for asylum?

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    Carl Shusterman, Esq.
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    (213) 394-4554 x0 Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.

  2. Not likely at all that he can be kept in the U.S. He is an adult who tried to come to the country illegally, to visit relatives who also are in the U.S. without permission.

    The above is intended only as general information, and does not constitute legal advice. You must speak with an attorney to discuss your individual case.

  3. More information is needed in order to determine if something can be done. It depends on why the son was coming to the US from Guatemala. I would recommend seeking local counsel to assist you with this. My office handles these matters if you wish to contact us. Good luck! This is not legal advice as many facts are still unknown, and an attorney-client relationship has not been created.

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