Young Teen Wants to Remain with his Mother

Jose* is a 13-year old boy from Honduras who was abandoned by his father and came to the United States to be with his mother. He now faces deportation and separation from his family. He is eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and needs help applying and stopping his deportation.


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Jose’s father left the family when he a young child. To support the family, Jose’s mother came to the United States. Jose grew up with his grandmother, who cared for him for well but is now elderly. His mother sent money back to Honduras to support Jose.  Jose has never received money or emotional support from his father.


Jose is now living in Virginia.  He is eligible for asylum and for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.


SIJS is available to unaccompanied immigrant children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned, who cannot be reunified with one or both parents, and for whom returning to their home country is not in their best interest.


For more information about this case, please contact Michael Lukens at 202-870-5962 or


*Pseudonyms are used to protect privacy.