|Dalia Castillo-Granados '08|
A veteran of the Law Center's Immigration Clinic and current staff attorney has won a deportation case at the Board of Immigration Appeals. Dalia Castillo-Granados '08 represented a Mexican citizen who has lived in the United States as a legal, permanent resident since 1979, but was targeted for deportation because of several minor drug and other offenses. The man has three citizen children and three citizen grandchildren, has worked steadily since his arrival in the U.S. and is active in his church and community. An immigration judge found merit in the man's background and determined his explanation for his legal troubles was credible. The judge canceled the deportation order, but the Department of Homeland Security appealed to the BIA. The Board weighed the equities of the case and rejected the DHS appeal. "This case was a difficult one," said Geoffrey A. Hoffman, clinical associate professor and faculty supervisor of the Immigration Clinic. "It also makes an excellent teaching tool highlighting the roles of discretionary judgment and the importance of the immigration judge's credibility determination in immigration court adjudication."