Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah, is asking a House panel to expedite its review of a bill needed to allow an LDS missionary from Brigham City to complete his mission without being deported to South America.
John Gabriel Robledo-Gomez Dunn, 19, recently lost his student visa to the United States and was threatened with deportation when he left college to go on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cleveland.Immigration officials originally told him he would have no problem switching to a "business visa," but it was denied by superiors when he admitted he had no longer had any permanent residence in his native country of Colombia.
That is because he was adopted three years ago by Richard and Deon Dunn of Brigham City after they brought him to the country to obtain needed medical attention and schooling.
Because John was older than 14 when adopted, laws do not give him the right to apply for naturalization.
Hansen and Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, are pushing bills to allow Dunn to become a naturalized citizen and solve the complex immigration problems he faces. Filing the bill put on hold an order that Dunn leave the country by Feb. 28.
Hansen on Friday wrote Rep. Bruce Morrison, D-Conn., chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and International law asking that his panel speedily consider Dunn's plight.
Hansen said a quick review is needed "so that the adoptive parents of young Mr. Dunn may put worries about their son's status behind them."