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Legal resident film director may face deportation

People who come to the New York from another country often do so believing that they will improve their lives. This is often what happens for them in the land of opportunity. There are frequent debates around the nation regarding the legal status of immigrants, and those who are legal residents may feel more of a sense of security than those who are undocumented. Unfortunately, even some legal residents of the United States can be subject to deportation, which is just the case for one out-of-state filmmaker.

The man came to the United States 16 years ago from Ecuador and has no criminal history. He has won several Emmys for his work as a film director and producer. When his first marriage ended, Immigration and Customs Enforcement accused him of fraud and warned that he could be deported. Though the man was eventually cleared of that charge, ICE ordered his deportation before the ruling was handed down.

He has asked authorities to reconsider. The man has several nationally-recognized politicians from both sides of the aisle vouching for him, who say that he is an asset to his community. The man is scheduled to have an appointment with ICE in the near future, but he is concerned that he will be detained while there.

No matter the outcome in this man's case, it serves as a reminder of how important it is to ensure that immigrants have professionals who can help them. Those here in New York who are concerned that they or a loved one could face deportation can seek the advice of an immigration attorney. An experienced attorney may offer the best chance to stay in the country.

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