Pennsylvania Immigration Lawyer Assists Grieving Father Seeking Entry into United States to Bury 10-Year-Old Son

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The Philadelphia, PA immigration lawyers of Surin & Griffin, P.C. helped a grieving Mexican national receive entry into the United States in order to bury his 10-year-old son, who died in a Shenandoah row house fire.

Fidel Lopez is trying to comply, trying to follow the rules of U.S. immigration law. This whole thing is really heart-wrenching, but at least now he can say a proper farewell to his son.

Attorney Elizabeth Surin, partner in the immigration law firm of Surin & Griffin, P.C. in Philadelphia, successfully assisted a former illegal immigrant, Fidel Lopez regain temporary entry into the U.S. in order to bury his son. Ten-year-old Damien Lopez was one of the victims of a recent row house fire in Shenandoah, PA that also claimed the lives of his aunt, cousin, and half-brother.

Ms. Surin fought for and won a humanitarian parole on Mr. Lopez’s behalf from Customs and Border Patrol. The U.S. government grants humanitarian paroles to only about 25% of the 1,200 applications from immigrants who have compelling emergencies requiring temporary entry into the United States.

According to an April 2 new article in Fox New Latino, Mr. Lopez was initially barred from coming back to the U.S. for his son’s funeral. Mr. Lopez first entered the country illegally as a teenager and eventually married a U.S. citizen, Damien’s mother. The pair later divorced and Mr. Lopez remarried another United States citizen, his current wife. In 2007, police turned Mr. Lopez in to immigration authorities after a traffic violation and he agreed to leave the U.S. voluntarily. Since then, he has been going through the process of seeking legal permanent residence in order to reunite with his wife and son.

Philadelphia immigration lawyer Elizabeth Surin was already helping Mr. Lopez pursue his green card when the fire occurred. Ms. Surin states, “Fidel Lopez is trying to comply, trying to follow the rules of U.S. immigration law. This whole thing is really heart-wrenching, but at least now he can say a proper farewell to his son.”

The humanitarian parole to attend the funeral was granted on April 1 after Mr. Lopez’s initial request was rejected last week. It was issued by Customs and Border Patrol without having to go to court. Mr. Lopez flew to the United States on April 1, the day before his son's funeral services were scheduled to take place. The parole will enable him to remain in the U.S. for about two weeks.

In the meantime, Ms. Surin will continue to work with Mr. Lopez to help him attain his green card so that he can come back to the United States and reunite with his wife and other child.

About Surin & Griffin, P.C.

Surin & Griffin is a dynamic, innovative law firm with more than 40 years’ experience in providing knowledgeable, compassionate help in matters involving immigration and nationality law. Their attorneys have argued cases before every level of the judiciary and worked extensively on immigration issues with businesses as well as individuals. Led by its multilingual lawyers and staff, Surin & Griffin helps individuals as well as businesses and institutions solve problems as simple as obtaining a visa to complex situations involving criminal aliens. They find the best, most practical solutions to immigration issues and communicate openly with clients to help them understand how immigration laws affect their unique situation.

Not all immigration law firms are alike. To find out how the firm can provide legal assistance with immigration issues, contact Surin & Griffin today at 1-888-452-9578.

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