The article is about the recent victories won by Calero, a Militant staff writer and associate editor of Perspectiva Mundial, in his fight against the U.S. governments efforts to exclude him from the United States. This story and two earlier articles that the RCFP wrote about Caleros fight can be found at www.rcfp.org.
Calero gained his first victory May 1 when his attorney, Claudia Slovinsky, received a letter from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announcing the federal governments intention to drop its effort to deport him from the United States, stating that the immigration polices efforts to deport Calero is no longer in the best interest of the government. The second victory was registered two weeks later, when the government quickly returned Caleros Nicaraguan passport and resident green card to him, after a request by his attorney.
Supporters of Caleros fight are now pressing for a favorable ruling by a New Jersey immigration judge on the federal governments motion to terminate the exclusion proceedings against him.
Meanwhile, support for the case continues to build and news about the victories Calero has scored are beginning to spread. The front-page article announcing Caleros initial victory in the May 26 Militant, for example, has been posted on the website of the Cuban weekly Granma International.
The dispute began when the Immigration and Naturalization Service detained 34-year-old Calero for ten days after he returned to the United States through George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Dec. 3, 2002, following assignments in Cuba and Guadalajara, Mexico.
His detainment was based on a 1988 conviction for selling marijuana to an undercover police officer. The conviction was waived in 1990 by INS when Calero applied for, and was subsequently granted, permanent resident status in the United States.
Caleros case went to DHS, to which many of the bureaus of the Immigration and Naturalization Service went when the new department opened Jan. 24.
The Róger Calero Defense Committee, created to organize support for Calero, first announced victory May 1 when DHS moved to terminate the deportation case against Calero. Newark Immigration Judge William Strasser ordered DHS to elaborate on its motion to terminate, which consisted of one sentence citing INS rules and contained no other explanation, according to Claudia Slovinsky, Caleros attorney.
Twelve days later DHS clarified the motion, saying the INS was correct in waiving the marijuana conviction, and had properly granted Calero permanent residency in 1990, invalidating the removal proceeding.
Slovinsky said she is hopeful the latest termination motion will be granted, ending Caleros legal battle.
Its significant that the government goes back and says [the green card] was properly issued and they cant come now and kick him out of the country, Slovinsky said.
The Róger Calero Defense Committee attributed the decision to terminate the proceedings to the large support base behind Calero. The committee organized petitions and letters after Calero was detained, and continued their efforts during the legal case.
Caleros defense committee now plans to raise funds to help with his legal and publicity fees.
According to a report in the Militant, Calero called this development an important victory for workers rights, and added that he hopes to go back to concentrating on the work he did for both publications prior to being detained.
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