Lebanese Immigrant Seeks Pardon to Remain in the US

Lebanese Immigrant Facing Deportation Seeks Pardon for Crimes

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A Lebanese man, who owns an auto shop in New Hampshire, is seeking pardon as he faces deportation for crimes he committed 14 years ago, as a teenager.

The Lebanese, Alain Ata, entered the United States at age 10 and was convicted of conspiracy, burglary as well as being a recipient of stolen property following his 18th birthday. He was sentenced for several years and is now trying to fight deportation by seeking pardon.

Letter to the State

Ata, who is now the owner of an auto repair shop in Manchester, penned a letter to state officials stating he regretted the mistakes he made as a youth and pointed to how much he has changed, has found purpose in life and being responsible for his elderly, disabled parents.

He said the nonviolent crimes he committed were due to influence from wrong associations as well as bad decisions from him and he takes responsibility for everything having paid a high cost. The 34-year-old revealed his love for the US and its ways and he intends to remain in the country to cater for his family as well as starting one of his own. He emphasized that the pardon is the only hope he has to remain in the land he loves.

Ata’s pardon request has been opposed by many including the chief justice of the state Superior Court. Describing Ata’s crime in a letter of his own, William Pate – Assistant Rockingham County Attorney – said a home was broken into by Ata and others which subsequently led to convictions regarding driving under influence and threatening.

On Wednesday, the Executive Council decided not to take immediate action as they consider if Ata deserves a pardon. However, two of the five members have supported a hearing.

He is a genuinely considerate person who made a bad mistake and duly paid the price; his case deserves a hearing, Councilor Russell Prescott said concerning Ata.

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