A man from El Salvador who as a child was given up as “a gift” by his parents should be allowed to seek special immigrant protection status, a New York state judge has ruled, citing a recently amended federal statute.

In a recent ruling, Family Court Judge John Kelly of Suffolk County, N.Y., (See Profile) held that M.C., 20, was eligible to apply for “special immigrant juvenile status” that would allow him to remain in the United States with his uncle.

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