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IrelandLawyer calls on US immigration officials to reconsider deporting Irishman Keith Byrne

06:25  24 july  2019
06:25  24 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Wednesday 24 July 2019 Lawyer calls on US immigration officials to reconsider deporting Irishman Keith Byrne | Sky Ireland Michael Kingston hand-delivered a

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A lawyer has called on US immigration officials to reconsider deporting Irishman Keith Byrne.

International lawyer Michael Kingston hand-delivered a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Friday appealing to their “moral authority”.

He gave the letter to the offices of ICE Director Matthew Albence in Washington DC after Mr Byrne signed papers agreeing to leave the country.

Cork native Keith faced prison if he did not sign the documentation.

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An Irishman facing deportation from the US has signed papers to begin his deportation process. Keith Byrne could face a jail sentence if he does not agree to leave "This is intended for the brave and caring souls who are willing to sacrifice to be a part of this: this is everything Keith Byrne is about".

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The lawyer called on the US to grant him a reprieve or a hearing with an immigration judge considering his “special circumstances”.

Lawyer calls on US immigration officials to reconsider deporting Irishman Keith Byrne © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited Keith Byrne and Keren Byrne

Only in these kinds of situations can a deportation case be appealed and heard in front of an immigration judge.

In the letter seen by RTE News, Mr Kingston argued that Mr Byrne’s family would be “spilt” if he was deported as he could not take his stepson, who “he treats as his own child”, away from his biological father.

He said: “Keith’s family is going to be split up, traumatising these US children and his stepson’s father and family. That includes at least six immediate US citizens,

“He loves his stepson and would not take him away from his father, even if he was allowed to legally, nor would his mother, a US citizen who is now in an impossible situation if Keith is deported to Ireland.”

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“ We continue to face border patrol’s noncompliance and chaos at airports around the country “She was on the phone with us and stood up and asked to get off the flight the crew just ignored her.” The attorneys made desperate calls to higher-level officials , and the plane was eventually turned around

He did agree that Mr Byrne overstayed his original visitor’s visa, which was “clearly wrong”.

Lawyer calls on US immigration officials to reconsider deporting Irishman Keith Byrne © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited Kieth and wife Keren Byrne

In the letter, the 37-year-old was described as an “honest man” who attempted to mend his visa overstay and was open about his historic charges in Ireland.

Mr Kingston said: “No one is above the law. That message still stands, and a firm message has been sent out, but nothing should ever prevent exceptional circumstances prevailing when moral authority rightly invokes their merit,”

Keith travelled to the US on a visa waiver programme in 2007 but overstayed his visa.

In 2009, he married an American lady named Keren with whom he had two kids, and also became stepdad to a child from Keren’s previous relationship.

This was all while setting up his own painting business in Oreland, Philadelphia.

Efforts to obtain a Green Card failed due to a minor drugs possession charge when he lived in Ireland.

He was arrested by officers two weeks ago on immigration violations and is currently being held at the Pike County Correctional facility.

Mr Byrne signed documentation last week, authorising his removal from the country. It is understood under the agreement he would banned from the US for five years.

In a statement to RTE News, ICE said that “per privacy restrictions” the agency cannot provide any further comment other than to state that Mr Byrne is currently in custody pending removal.

Keith Byrne released from immigration custody pending hearing as family 'thrilled'.
Keith Byrne released from immigration custody pending hearing as family 'thrilled'

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