I had another hearing today, a 212(c) hearing. My case was well prepared, the client did well, and the government attorney was generous, so everything went fine. My client, who was looking at being deported to his home country if he did not show that he was a good man who was unlikely to offend again the laws of the US, was undestandably relieved.
His aged mother and father, his wife and kids, and his brothers and sisters all were quite happy that he got to stay. The IJ was even kind enough to salute my client's six year old daughter, who wrote a touching letter to the IJ that brought my client to tears when he read it aloud at the request of the IJ.