Michigan Man Gets Shot at Asylum 16 Years Later

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- The federal government has agreed to reopen the case of a man from war-torn Yugoslavia who is facing deportation after 16 years because he was 40 minutes late to an immigration hearing in Detroit.

A lawyer for Anton Camaj (KAHM'-eye) said Tuesday that the Justice Department is willing to let him argue he deserves political asylum.

The decision was made before an appeals court on Monday said it wouldn't intervene, even though it believes Camaj suffered a "miscarriage of justice."

In 1995, Camaj was 40 minutes late to an immigration hearing because he was confused about the location. A judge dismissed the case just six minutes before his arrival.

The appeals court says Camaj was a victim of the strict rules in immigration court. He lives in Farmington Hills, a Detroit suburb.


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  • by GrnEyedMnster Location: Lansing on Nov 10, 2010 at 01:18 PM
    Am I the only one who thought the man had been physically "shot" at an "insane asylum"? Like Randy, I agree this was about power. And why 16 YEARS of waiting? The people who want to be here legally can't.
  • by Randy on Nov 10, 2010 at 09:19 AM
    what do you know...Michigan government working to penalize people rather than assist. There is not protect and serve or rehabilitation...Its all about power. We live in a well structured dictatorship.
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