Akron Beacon Journal (OH)
Sunday, February 10, 2002
OHIO

POLISH IMMIGRANTS ALLOWED TO STAY IN U.S. AFTER SON WRITES BUSH LETTER; COUPLE ORDERED DEPORTED FOR OVERSTAYING VISAS BY 10 YEARS. LAWYERS WORK OUT AGREEMENT WITH INS
By Associated Press

AKRON BEACON JOURNAL

BRECKSVILLE -- A man whose son asked President Bush to let his parents stay in America has returned home less than a month after being deported.

Sylwester Boryka, 34, had no guarantee he would be able to get his paperwork approved and return from Poland. In most cases, a deported person is banned from returning to America for as long as 10 years.

Boryka walked down a Cleveland Hopkins International Airport concourse and hugged his two children and wife, Mariola, Friday night.

"I cannot talk too much, but I feel good," he said. In early 2000, the Immigration and Naturalization Service ordered Sylwester and Mariola Boryka deported for overstaying their visas for the past 10 years. The letter written by their son, Karol, to the White House prompted telephone calls from the INS commissioner's office in Washington. Boryka's lawyers worked out an agreement with the INS for Boryka's return. He now has a green card that allows him to live legally in the United States.

"This is a banner day for immigration rights," said John Wolanin, president of the Cleveland Society of Poles.

The agreement calls for Mariola to be deported before June 15 and return home as quickly.

The couple's attorney, Richard Herman, said the Borykas came to America in 1990 on tourist visas and stayed after they expired.

The INS began deportation proceedings in 1991. The couple agreed to leave voluntarily in 1999, but they stayed because they believed the case was being reviewed.

The family might have stayed in the country indefinitely if Mariola, 35, had not been stopped by North Royalton police on a routine traffic check a week before Christmas in 2000.

Akron Beacon Journal (OH)
Sunday, February 10, 2002

 

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