Wednesday, June 18, 2008
A Salisbury couple has a few more months to fight deportation.
Gerry Vazquez, a Salisbury University professor and an immigrant from Mexico, faces deportation after he unknowingly invalidated his visa when he returned home to see his ailing mother more than a year ago.
Vazquez and his American wife, Claire Kew, also a professor at Salisbury University, were recently given an extension of almost four months before they have to appear at an immigration trial. They say they are using the time to assemble enough documentation to prove the Vazquez should be in good standing with his visas.
"There were about 40 people with us in the courtroom last time, and I'm afraid that's going to be the same setup this time," Kew said of the upcoming trial. "I'm wondering how much time the judge is going to actually have to hear our case and how much time, and if we're really going to get heard the way we need to be."
If the judge decides to go through with deporting Vazquez, the government will prohibit him from entering the US for 10 years.