With slightly more than a day remaining until mixologist JP Caceres faced deportation to Bolivia, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has granted him three more months in the U.S.
During that time, his attorney Andres Benach says he’ll help Caceres put together an application for O visa, “which is available to people of extraordinary ability… somebody who’s reached the top of their field.” Benach believes Caceres has a chance at the visa given his status in the local mixology community. The bartender has created cocktail programs for a number of top restaurants, operated his own company called Let’s Imbibe Beverage Consulting, and served as president of the D.C. chapter of the U.S. Bartenders Guild.
The three additional months also means that Caceres will stand trial in April on charges of simple assault, threats to do bodily harm, and possession of a prohibited weapon, after allegedly threatening a cab driver with an ice pick.
“If he is convicted, it would make his return much more challenging,” Benach says. “Not impossible, but more challenging.”
Read more about Caceres’ immigration struggle and fight to stay in the U.S. here. And read more about his month in an immigration detention center in Farmville, Va. and his friends’ campaign to help him here.
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