Haitian man facing deportation has been on list for more than a decade

Reginald Castel (left) with his wife Reginald Castel (left) with his wife

September 03, 2017 07:08 PM

A Haitian man who has lived in Rochester for years and now may be on the verge of being deported has actually been on a deportation list for more than a decade, court paper say.

Saturday, 44-year-old Reginald Castel's family and Rochester school leaders appealed for help to keep him from being sent home to Haiti.

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Castel came to the U.S. legally in 1989, but in 1999 he pleaded guilty in a felony assault case. He was sentenced to prison and papers from a federal appeals court show that procedures to deport him for that aggravated felony started in 2005.

Speaking Saturday, school officials said Castel has a clean record besides the assault and even the victim of the attack wants him to stay.

"The one person he was engaged in has signed an affidavit that said, 'I have moved on with my life, and he is my friend, and I want him to move on with his life,'" said Rochester City School Board President Van White.


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