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Court Grants Humanitarian Relief in Two Immigrants' Rights Clinic Cases

Publication Date: 
April 24, 2005
Stanford Law School

Court grants humanitarian relief in two Immigrants' Rights Clinic cases

This week, decisions in two Immigrants' Rights Clinic deportation cases came down in favor of the clinic's clients.

In the first, clinic students Adam Anderson and Seema Shah represented Gia Hung Le, a Vietnamese immigrant in deportation proceedings because of two old petty theft convictions. Anderson and Shah successfully argued Monday that the immigration judge should grant Le, a legal permanent resident, humanitarian relief to allow him to remain in the United States. Le has lived in the U.S. since ninth grade, and all of his close family members are either U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.

In the second case, clinic students Jackie Chou and Yulia Garteiser represented Hoa Kien Chau, also a Vietnamese immigrant. Chau, a legal permanent resident, was charged with deportability because of a 14-year-old robbery conviction for which he served his time. Chou and Garteiser argued that his positive equities--including rehabilitation, a strong work ethic, and family ties in the U.S.--outweighed any negative equities in his case. The immigration judge agreed, granting humanitarian relief to Chau.