Court delays deportation of unlucky immigrant

I guess it’s not bad enough to be forced to leave your native country to escape poverty, but then you’re punished because you can’t afford a brand new car.

Court delays deportation of unlucky immigrant – San Francisco Chronicle
Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, February 15, 2008

A federal appeals court gave a second chance Thursday to an immigrant who was ordered deported after his car overheated on a Southern California freeway and he showed up two hours late for his asylum hearing.

By the time Juan Antonio Perez abandoned his car and reached the Los Angeles courthouse by bus in March 2003, his lawyer had left and the immigration judge, Henry Ipema, was winding up his calendar.

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