This case involved a single mother from Mexico who entered the United States without a visa in 1992, and later had two children, now 20 and 25 years old, who are United States citizens. The mother has filed tax returns since 2004 and, although once arrested for violating state law, the charge was dismissed. The Respondent’s children have received public benefits such as Medicaid and SNAP. One of the children has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and depression caused by prior abuse.

At trial, the case was successfully argued due in part to several key factors including:

* Cooperation from the Respondent with documentation and the timely submission of
documents and evidence;
* Lack of criminal convictions;
* Excellent communication with the client, medical professionals and government; and
* Thorough preparation and research by attorney Bledar Goxhaj and the legal team at Cella and Associates in the areas of critical research, trial strategy and preparation.

Ultimately, it was found that the Respondent’s younger child would suffer exceptional and extremely unusual hardship if the Respondent was ordered to be removed from the United States, which would result in a ten-year statutory bar against re-entry.

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