WARNER ROBINS — An illegal immigrant at the center of a battle over a $750,000 winning Georgia lottery ticket — and a criminal case over alleged terroristic threats — faces a deportation hearing this week.
Besides attorneys handling his criminal and civil cases, Cua-Toc now has another attorney to handle his immigration case: Julio E. Moreno of the Fogle Law Firm’s Atlanta office. The firm specializes in immigration law.
“He’s facing removal,” Moreno said. “We’re trying to find a way to fight it.”
Moreno is seeking a continuance of Tuesday’s hearing. But should the hearing proceed and the deportation order be granted, Moreno said he has a 30-day window to appeal.
Also, Moreno said he expects he’ll have about two months in all to work on Cua-Toc’s case before a deportation order could be carried out.
Cua-Toc, a native of Guatemala, entered the country illegally in 2000, Moreno said.
One avenue Moreno is trying is a U-Visa, which he said may be issued for victims of crimes. According to Moreno, Cua-Toc was actually a victim of theft by Erick Cervantes. But Cua-Toc failed to file a report with a law enforcement agency, and Moreno said he is attempting to remedy that.
A U-Visa would allow Cua-Toc to temporarily stay in the U.S. and place him on track to get his green card for permanent residence within a few years, Moreno said.