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Asylum Approved After Being Ordered Removed due to the Persecution Bar

June 6th, 2024

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    In 2002, Cesar Alexander Restrepo found his way to a small town in New Hampshire to get his family away from the danger that had plagued them where they lived near Medellín, Colombia.  Unfortunately, one night a loud family argument put their safety in jeopardy.

    The local police were called to his house to investigate a disturbance.  The police did not speak Spanish and Cesar Alexander’s family did not speak English, but that did not stop him from being arrested for presumed Domestic Violence.  The criminal case against him was eventually dismissed, but the charges allowed the immigration authorities to find him and because he did not have permission to be in the U.S. he was placed into removal / deportation proceedings.

    With assistance from attorney Desmond FitzGerald, Cesar Alexander filed a claim for asylum.  They gathered large amounts of evidence and prepared his testimony.  An asylum petition is generally difficult to prove in an Immigration Court proceeding, but this case was strong.  Cesar Alexander operated a large farm in Antioquia, Colombia and one day he received a call that one f the farm’s vehicles had been seized and several of his worker’s were being held by the FARC (Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia), a Colombian leftist group of terrorist and narco-traffickers that controlled that area at the time.

    Cesar was instructed by the FARC where he had to go to retrieve his workers.  They told him that he had to go to the mayor of his city and convince him to stop the military from patrolling that area, and if he did not, they would kill him and his workers.  While the FARC released his people, they kept his vehicle and Cesar was simply powerless to prevent it.

    Cesar Alexander immediately met with the mayor with whom he was closely associated and who he had supported in his election, only his meeting was to report the incident to the authorities and implore them for help.

    The Mayor’s office thanked Cesar for the information, and while they certainly would not stop patrolling all the territories, they also could not guarantee his safety.  It was at that moment; Cesar made the very difficult decision to relocate to the U.S.

    When the judge at the Immigration Court heard the testimony and reviewed the documentation, it was easy for him to issue an order granting asylum status, or so it appeared.  Just before the judge declared the Court’s decision the government lawyer filed a petition to prevent the grant of asylum under the Persecution Bar, a law that bars or prevents terrorists who persecute people in their countries, from receiving lawful status in the U.S.

    Attorney FitzGerald objected because this petition was filed late, and the judge initially had agreed and granted Cesar asylum status, but the government filed a Notice of Appeal preventing the Judge’s order from taking effect.  It felt like justice had ben lost.  It was unbelievable that a person whose vehicle was seized forcibly by a terrorist group, who only acted to save the lives of innocent employees, could be classified as a supporter of a group who had forced him to flee his own country.  Unfortunately, that has been the law.  Specifically, if a person provides funds, materials, or services to a group that persecutes others, even if they are forced to do so under duress, by force or the threat of death, they will not be eligible for asylum.  Moreover, in 2020, Attorney General Barr, issued a ruling to state there was no “duress” exception to the persecutor bar.

    Despite, the overwhelming disappointment Cesar Alexander agreed to have attorney FitzGerald file a petition for review with USCIS who has the authority to grant asylum in cases in which the court is not permitted to do so because of the “persecution bar.”

    The team at FitzGerald Law Company assisted Cesar in obtaining evidence about his activities in Colombia and in the U.S. as well as information about his family, his business and even records related to how he paid his taxes in the U.S.  The petition was filed and, on several occasions, it was supplemented.  The process took years to be completed, requiring additional appearances before the Judge, filings with the Board of Immigration Appeals as well as USCIS, but finally when everything was carefully reviewed and analyzed, a proper and just decision was returned.  Cesar Alexander would be granted status in the U.S. and the safety and security he desired for so long.

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    Desmond FitzGerald and his staff handles the daunting immigration legal paperwork with the utmost professionalism but always keeping the experience personal and realistic. I always felt that that I mattered. FitzGerald & Company has many payment options and they work with you to set up a payment plan which is affordable. {para}I would definitely recommend Desmond and FitzGerald & Company to anyone looking for a professional, trustful immigration lawyer.

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    My family and I have had an excellent experience with Desmond and his team at FitzGerald Law Company. They have been very supportive and professional, addressing our every concern. I feel fortunate to have found them and worked with them on my son's immigration case.

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    Natasha A.

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    The Fitzgerald team is great and ready to help. They provide accurate information and never give a false picture of one's situation. They are on top of everything and work with you. The team are very thorough at what they do. I would highly recommend their legal services.

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    It was a great pleasure to have Mr. FitzGerald as my attorney. He was always there when I needed him. He is experienced, professional, and caring. I would recommend his services to anyone. I greatly appreciate what he did for me and would like to take the chance to express my gratitude to his hard work. Thank you very much Mr. FitzGerald. You'r the best...

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    A very professional and committed team...They put in a lot of time into my case all the while keeping me informed of any and all developments. I definitely recommend FitzGerald Law Company to anyone seeking legal representation. Thank you Desmond and the entire team.

    Anonymous for Firm

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    My husband and I reached out to FitzGerald Law Company, and we can only speak very highly of them. Very professional & reliable. I want to say big thanks to Desmond and Zrinka, who helped us throughout my immigration process. Highly recommend their services!

    Anonymous for Firm

    They are on top of everything

    The Fitzgerald team is great and ready to help. They provide accurate information and never give a false picture of one's situation. They are on top of everything and work with you. The team are very thorough at what they do. I would highly recommend their legal services.

    Anonymous for Firm

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    The lawyer did an excellent job, it was really wonderful and inspiring to have him as a lawyer, he truly handled my case and everything went as expected. They always call or sent me an email to inform me the progress of my case, I am always feel welcomed when I meet with them. I was very happy working with them and will be happy to work with them again in the future.

    Anonymous for Firm

    I would definitely recommend Desmond and FitzGerald & Company to anyone looking for a professional, trustful immigration lawyer

    Desmond FitzGerald and his staff handles the daunting immigration legal paperwork with the utmost professionalism but always keeping the experience personal and realistic. I always felt that that I mattered. FitzGerald & Company has many payment options and they work with you to set up a payment plan which is affordable. {para}I would definitely recommend Desmond and FitzGerald & Company to anyone looking for a professional, trustful immigration lawyer.

    Anonymous for Firm

    I really like that they speak so many languages and can help anyone!

    FitzGerald Law Company recently handled my immigration case for me and everything turned out great! The staff is excellent all the way from the secretary and assistant all the way up to the attorney. My attorney was Desmond Fitzgerald himself and he was excellent.

    Swarsatie R.

    They have been very supportive and professional

    My family and I have had an excellent experience with Desmond and his team at FitzGerald Law Company. They have been very supportive and professional, addressing our every concern. I feel fortunate to have found them and worked with them on my son's immigration case.

    Yoseph A.

    Highly recommend their services

    My husband and I reached out to FitzGerald Law Company, and we can only speak very highly of them. Very professional & reliable. I want to say big thanks to Desmond and Zrinka, who helped us throughout my immigration process. Highly recommend their services!

    Natasha A.

    They are on top of everything

    The Fitzgerald team is great and ready to help. They provide accurate information and never give a false picture of one's situation. They are on top of everything and work with you. The team are very thorough at what they do. I would highly recommend their legal services.

    Patricia M.

    A very well organized firm, experienced and professional.

    My experience was exceptionally great. A very well organized firm, experienced and professional. Customer service was excellent and the lawyer that handled my case, Desmond Fitzgerald was the best. He was very thorough and very experienced. He knows what he's talking about. All in all, I had a positive experience and I highly recommend this company, especially Desmond Fitzgerald, he's awesome.

    Mike A.

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    Highly recommend Mr Desmond Fitzgerald and his team. They helped me with a personal injury case. He was realistic about outcomes and professional and came through for me.

    Garo M.

    Experienced, professional, and caring

    It was a great pleasure to have Mr. FitzGerald as my attorney. He was always there when I needed him. He is experienced, professional, and caring. I would recommend his services to anyone. I greatly appreciate what he did for me and would like to take the chance to express my gratitude to his hard work. Thank you very much Mr. FitzGerald. You'r the best...

    Ahmed B.

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    Very professional and dedicated a lot of time to my case...kept me in the know throughout the whole process. I definitely recommend FitzGerald Law Company to anyone looking for representation in a court case. Thank you Desmond and the entire team.

    James K.

    He explained things in a way that was easily understandable and things went smoothly

    Mr Desmond and his team did a remarkable job in immigration for my family and I. He explained things in a way that was easily understandable and things went smoothly. Highly recommended

    Gassim F.

    They made the process very smooth and pleasant

    Desmond and his team did a great job during my husband’s green card application. Very diligent, reliable and knowledgeable. They made the process very smooth and pleasant. Highly recommended!

    Karol S.

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    The best lawfirm in Massachusetts. The team is wonderful, efficient and very helpful/ professional.

    Zulia O.

    They make the process as simple as possible

    Our experience with the FitzGerald Law Company is beyond positive. They make the process as simple as possible and are there to help and support the entire time. Everyone we've been in touch from their office was nice and helpful. We won the case and we would definitely use their services again. Thank you Juan & the team!

    Anonymous for Firm

    They put in a lot of time into my case all the while keeping me informed of any and all developments

    A very professional and committed team...They put in a lot of time into my case all the while keeping me informed of any and all developments. I definitely recommend FitzGerald Law Company to anyone seeking legal representation. Thank you Desmond and the entire team.

    Anonymous for Firm

    Highly recommend their services

    My husband and I reached out to FitzGerald Law Company, and we can only speak very highly of them. Very professional & reliable. I want to say big thanks to Desmond and Zrinka, who helped us throughout my immigration process. Highly recommend their services!

    Anonymous for Firm

    They are on top of everything

    The Fitzgerald team is great and ready to help. They provide accurate information and never give a false picture of one's situation. They are on top of everything and work with you. The team are very thorough at what they do. I would highly recommend their legal services.

    Anonymous for Firm

    I was very happy working with them and will be happy to work with them again

    The lawyer did an excellent job, it was really wonderful and inspiring to have him as a lawyer, he truly handled my case and everything went as expected. They always call or sent me an email to inform me the progress of my case, I am always feel welcomed when I meet with them. I was very happy working with them and will be happy to work with them again in the future.

    Anonymous for Firm

    I would definitely recommend Desmond and FitzGerald & Company to anyone looking for a professional, trustful immigration lawyer

    Desmond FitzGerald and his staff handles the daunting immigration legal paperwork with the utmost professionalism but always keeping the experience personal and realistic. I always felt that that I mattered. FitzGerald & Company has many payment options and they work with you to set up a payment plan which is affordable. {para}I would definitely recommend Desmond and FitzGerald & Company to anyone looking for a professional, trustful immigration lawyer.

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