The clinic assisted MG, a long-term permanent resident, to successfully terminate the immigration removal proceedings that had been filed against him by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). MG faced potentially imminent deportation because of a conviction for a DUI that he had suffered over a decade earlier. MG had worked and lived in the United States lawfully for over 20 years. He lived and worked in the United States in order to provide financial assistance to his family (which included a wife and three children residing in Mexico). His youngest son suffers from serious medical ailments and his son would not have been able to obtain the necessary and frequent medical services that he required had MG not been able to continue to lawfully reside and work in the United States.
Clinic students represented MG at his court hearing. Clinic students argued that the DHS was unable to meet its burden of proving that MG was deportable based on MG’s decade earlier conviction. DHS ultimately agreed with the clinic’s legal argument and during MG’s court hearing, the students, along with the attorney for the government jointly requested that the Immigration Judge terminate removal proceedings. DHS promptly returned MG’s green card and MG is now in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen.