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Veteran fights to keep wife from being deported


ARLINGTON, Va. (ABC7) — Immigration Attorney Leticia Corona is helping veteran Bob Crawford keep his wife Elia from being deported back to her home country of Honduras.

ICE has an order to deport Elia who fled Honduras in the 1990s.

"It has been extraordinarily stressful," Corona said. "I know that they are very much looking forward to a sense of security, not having this cloud of worry over their heads."

Last year, the federal government denied the family's request to terminate Elia's immigration case.

A Monday hearing at an immigration court in Arlington could determine the family's fate.

"He does not need the added stress and worry of what is happening with his wife, and possibly his children, in one of the most dangerous and unstable countries in our hemisphere," Immigration Attorney Sarah Bazzi said.

Bazzi says there is a program for military family members who unlawfully entered the United States to stay here and pursue a green card.

"It's not a free pass because they will still be looking, 'Does she have the moral character? Does she have equities? Does she have family?'" Bazzi said.

But the Crawfords cannot file for that protection while Elia has the deportation order.

"We are very hopeful that they will reconsider," Corona said.

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