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Motions to Reopen In Absentia Orders

Our clients are husband and wife, both citizens of the Phillipines. The wife was arrested for providing false information on a passport application and detained in federal custody until she was eventually transferred to immigration custody. She is the subject of an Order of Deportation in absentia dating back to the 1980’s. The husband was subsequently arrested by ICE and placed in the same immigration detention facility, leaving their U.S. citizen daughter who is only 18 years old home alone. We filed motions to reopen for both cases and the Immigration Judge in Los Angeles agreed with our argument and reopened both cases. Clients were released from custody.