Our client, a lawful permanent resident, returned from Ecuador after an absence of over one year. At the airport, he was taken into custody and faced deportation as the DHS claimed that he had abandoned his residency. After a two hour hearing at the Krome Detention Center in Miami, Florida, the Immigration Judge ruled that the DHS attorney had not met his burden of proof that our client had, in fact, abandoned his residency because we demonstrated that his intent was to return to the United States after attending to medical issues.
Case granted. Client released from custody.