Army veteran with ailing son can stay on LI

BY BART JONES
Newsday Staff Writer

June 13, 2006

Single dad gets green card after long immigration battle over time spent out of U.S. to care for his son

A U.S. Army veteran from Farmingdale has won a long-sought green card,
avoiding deportation for a minor immigration law infraction he
committed unknowingly to stay with his son having critical heart
surgery in Germany, officials said.

David de Jong, 30, obtained legal permanent resident status after
Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) and other officials intervened, saying
it was an outrage a veteran would be deported for a minor infraction of
immigration law and that they were inundated with petitions from
residents protesting his possible removal.

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