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Man with green card granted Supreme Court hearing

Many people living in Washington, D.C. and other areas of the country spent years longing for better lives. They ultimately make the move to the United States in hopes of a new start that will allow them to live a happier, more fulfilling life. Unfortunately, the processes that govern whether a person can earn and keep a green card, thus allowing the individual to be a permanent resident can often be overwhelming.

In fact, one man who is facing deportation is taking his case to the U.S. Supreme Court. He reportedly came to this country on a tourist visa in May 1989. Three years later, he became a lawful permanent resident.

In the years that followed, he was convicted of several crimes, including gun possession, aggravated assault and a violation of a state law on controlled substance. Representatives from the United States argue that these convictions are grounds for deportation, but the man is fighting their decision. Whether he can receive relief from deportation depends on his proving that he lived in the country for seven continuous years. The United States argues that he committed his first crime in 1996, just prior to being in the country for seven years, which triggered the "stop-time rule," effectively stopping the count of continuous time in the country.

Though the Board of Immigration Appeals and the 11th Circuit ruled against him, he has opted to take his case to the Supreme Court; his request to argue the case before the court was recently granted. It appears the court wants to settle the issue because the 11th Circuit ruling is at odds with rulings on the same issue made by the 9th Circuit. Many people in the United States with a green card who are facing deportation, for example, may not be fully aware of the options available to them. Fortunately, there are professionals in Washington, D.C. who can help those seeking a happier, more fulfilling life in this country fully understand their options.

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