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Finley Prevails on Threat to U.S. Citizen Child in Deportation of Mother

January 7, 2019

Chandler Finley (Partner-Miami | Wellington) represented a Senegalese woman in Immigration Court and obtained a decision granting Cancellation Relief from Deportation, which confers permanent residence (a “Green Card”), for his client. The woman came to the United States and had a female child out of wedlock with a Senegal citizen, who took the child to Senegal at age three. The child’s grandparents intended to perform a traditional ritual, female genital mutilation (FGM), on the child when she turned four. The mother’s sister in Senegal sent the child back to her mother in New York. The mother and her now 16-year-old U.S. citizen daughter could be deported to Senegal where all female children under 19 can be made to undergo FGM against their will. On behalf of the mother, Chandler filed for cancellation relief from the deportation based on the standard of extreme hardship to a U.S. citizen child in the event of deportation of the mother. U.S. DOJ and DHS  and the Board of Immigration Appeals has held that FGM is a circumstance that can be held as a ground for asylum, so Chandler is confident of winning any appeal if filed by DHS.

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