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the test with regard to privilege as stated in Lutwak (supra) was clearly met in the rescission proceeding.
Counsel argues that the fact that the respondent did not file an answer to the counter complaint for annulment was given "much significance" in the Board's opinion of August 12, 1968. Counsel alleges that it is "common practice" in Wayne County, Michigan, to resort to "the taking of default judgments in domestic relation cases" in order to expedite a final judgment (p. 3 of counsel's brief). Counsel has submitted a letter, dated October 8, 1968, from the Assistant Circuit Court Administrator for Wayne County, Michigan which states "that the average time required. . . to bring a contested divorce case to trial is approximately 37 months." While this may be common practice in the courts of Wayne County, Michigan, nevertheless, the failure to answer the counterclaim is evidence of the fact that the respondent made no attempt to establish his allegations of a "good faith" marriage as set forth in his complaint for a divorce (Ex. 4). Under the circumstances, this factor is significant in light of the test for competency set forth in Lutwalk (supra).
Counsel argues that the special inquiry officer and this Board gave improper weight to the testimony of the respondent's former wife in light of her testimony that she would have been content to remain married to the respondent if he had not instituted divorce proceedings and that it was after he started the divorce proceedings that she decided to annul the marriage (p. 47). Counsel maintains that this testimony of the respondent's former wife clearly shows that it was designed as a method of revenge upon the respondent, and such biased testimony cannot be the basis of a deportation order within the guidelines set by the Lutwak case (supra) (p. 5, counsel's brief). Counsel urges a reconsideration of the order of rescission.
We find no merit to counsel's argument that the testimony of the respondent's former wife was biased and contrived as a matter of revenge. Her testimony that she would have been content to remain married to the respondent had he not instituted divorce proceedings is merely cumulative of her testimony that she married the respondent in good faith (p. 28) and that it was to protect her own interest that she counterclaimed for an annulment (p. 43). Under the circumstances, we find no basis for a reconsideration of the rescission proceeding as the points raised by counsel have no foundation in either fact or law on this record.
Since the respondent has reverted to the status of a nonimmigrant alien and has remained in the United States subsequent to
September 28, 1968 as charged in the order to show cause, we find that there is clear, unequivocal, and convincing evidence that the facts alleged as grounds for deportation are true. Cf. Woodby v. INS, 385 U.S. 276 (1966).
We affirm the order entered by the special inquiry officer and will dismiss the appeal. Since the execution of the order entered by the special inquiry officer has been stayed during the pendency of this appeal, we will provide for the voluntary departure of the respondent within 30 days from the date of this decision.
ORDER: It is ordered that the appeal be and the same is hereby dismissed.
It is further ordered that, pursuant to the special inquiry officer's order, the respondent be permitted to depart from the United States voluntarily within 30 days from the date of this decision or any extension beyond that time as may be granted by the District Director; and that, in the event of failure so to depart, the respondent shall be deported as provided in the special inquiry officer's order.
MATTER OF LEJMAN
In Section 212 (e) Proceedings
Decided by Regional Commissioner August 7, 1969
An exchange visitor is granted a waiver of the foreign residence requirement of section 212 (e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, as amended, since compliance therewith would result in exceptional hardship to his United States citizen child where applicant and his family, because of applicant's Jewish background, would be subject to social and economic persecution in the country to which they must depart (Poland).
ON BEHALF OF APPELLANT:
Donald L. Ungar, Esquire
517 Washington Street
San Francisco, California 94111
This case comes before the Regional Commissioner on appeal from the decision of the District Director San Francisco, who on June 20, 1969, denied the application in that the appellant had not established that compliance with the two-year foreign residence requirement of section 212 (e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended, would impose exceptional hardship of his minor United States citizen child.
The appellant is a 26-year-old married male, a native and citizen of Poland who was admitted to the United States as an exchange visitor under section 101 (a) (15) (J) of the Act on October 6, 1965, and received extensions of stay in that status to June 30, 1968. He was sponsored by the Department of State under Exchange Program G-I-1 destined to the University of California for graduate study in English and English Literature. He has earned a Master's degree and is presently working for his Ph.D., which he expects in 1970. He is on a University of California Regents Fellowship Grant of $2,666.66 a year; he works as a library assistant earning approximately $120.00 a month and helps manage the apartment house where he lives, for which he receives a reduced monthly rental. The appellant's wife, age 28, also a native and citizen of Poland, was admitted as a visitor on July 3,
1966 and following their marriage on August 31, 1966, in Berkeley, was changed to “J-2” status as the wife of a “J-1” principal exchange alien on November 17, 1966, and granted extensions of stay in that status to June 30, 1968.
The appellant and his wife have a United States citizen child, born July 23, 1967, in Oakland, California. Evidence of their lawful marriage and the birth of the child has been presented. The family lives in Berkeley, California. The present application was filed January 22, 1969, and alleges that compliance with the twoyear foreign residence requirement would impose exceptional hardship on the minor citizen child.
Section 212(e) of the Act, in pertinent part, provides as follows:
That upon favorable recommendation of the Secretary of State, pursuant to the request of an interested United States Government agency, or of the Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization after he has determined that departure from the United States would impose exceptional hardship upon the alien's spouse or child (if such spouse or child is a citizen of the United States or a lawfully resident alien), the Attorney General may waive the requirement of such two-year foreign residence abroad in the case of any alien whose admission to the United States is found by the Attorney General to be in the public interest.
The appellant alleges that if he is required to depart from the United States and go to Poland, he, his wife and child would be subject to persecution because of his Jewish background. His father, who is one-half Hebrew, was held in a concentration camp during the last world war, which contributed to his broken health, and is now retired. His mother, who is one-fourth Hebrew, manages a small government-owned store. They live in Poland. The appellant alleges that the present anti-Semitism practiced by the Polish government and condoned by the majority of the population constitutes social and economic persecution which would impose exceptional hardship on himself, his wife and child.
In support of his contentions of anticipated persecution, he has presented various newspaper articles from United States newspapers which verify his claim that the people of Jewish background are subject to social and economic persecution in Poland. A New York Times article dated December 30, 1968, under the heading "Leaving or Staying, the Jews of Poland Find the Road Hard", illustrates numerous incidents of the persecution of people of Jewish background and states: "Rarely in its long history in Eastern Europe has indigenous anti-Semitism been so blatantly well-organized as in Poland this year."
A San Francisco Chronicle article dated April 22, 1969, under
the heading "Forced Emigration" also describes incidents of persecution of Jews in Poland and contains the statement: "Polish citizens of Jewish origin who are no longer welcome in their homeland are crowding the refugee camps of—.”
Counsel in his appeal, describes an article from "New Republic" dated January 18, 1969, where it tells the story of how a young journalist was forced from the Communist Party, forced from his job, and finally from Poland itself because of the Jewish ancestry he scarcely remembered. That he had a non-Jewish wife and children made no difference to the Polish authorities.
Counsel also quotes from the comments of Congressman Feighan regarding the Matter of Kovac v. Immigration and Naturalization Service, 407 F. 2d 102, where the Congressman said "Techniques of persecution are not limited to bodily violence alone, tyranny over the mind and spirit of a person has been demonstrated as more fearsome than the ancient methods of torture which characterized the Communist takeover of many countries of Central and East Europe."
The record also contains a letter dated March 26, 1969, to the District Director San Francisco from the Chief, Field Operations Division, Visa Division, Department of State, which in part states:
Despite the general policy of the Department of State to insist that exchange visitors, especially those receiving State Department grants, fulfill the two year foreign resident requirement, the circumstances in this case appear to justify an exception. The fact that Mr. Lejman's coming to the United States in 1965 was privately arranged minimizes any negative effect his adjustment to immigrant status would have on the present exchange program, and the welfare of his American citizen child is also important consideration supporting the waiver application.
The Department of State, would, therefore, interpose no objection to favorable action in Section 212(e) waiver applications submitted by the Lejmans.
The appellant alleges that the unavailability of employment, because of persecution, to adequately support his family coupled with the fact that his family would be ostracized from social life would constitute exceptional hardship and that he did not want his daughter to grow up in an anti-Semitic environment and Communist dominated society. The Matter of Cruikshank, 11 I. & N. Dec. 558, holds that persecution because of nationality and religion establishes exceptional hardship and the Matter of Courpas, 11 I. & N. Dec. 647, holds that economic discrimination also establishes exceptional hardship.
In view of the foregoing, it is found that the appellant's com