Cases & Deals

Eritrean Christian obtains asylum from religious persecution

Clients Eritrean Christian

Jones Day, in conjunction with the National Immigrant Justice Center, assisted an Eritrean Christian who had suffered religious persecution to obtain asylum in the United States. Our client moved to the United States and enrolled for college, but before college started, the Department of Homeland Security arrested him, terminated his student visa and placed him in removal proceedings. While awaiting his merits hearing, our client began classes and was employed at a car wash. Following an armed robbery at the car wash, our client purchased a gun, which, unbeknownst to him, was unregistered. The gun was stored in the office of the car wash. The police later appeared at the car wash during what appeared to be another armed robbery, and arrested our client for the possession of a firearm. Our client ultimately pled guilty and served out his sentence until he was released to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. Our client was granted asylum in February 2015.