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asylum granted for tennis coach connected to mike tyson

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is pleased to announce that Wildes & Weinberg P.C. has secured asylum for the tennis coach and family friend of Mike Tyson.

Mike Tyson is a former professional boxer and undisputed world heavyweight champion. Mr. Tyson, the youngest boxer to ever win a heavyweight title, is now also known all over the globe as a movie actor, starring in “The Hangover” “Ip Man 3” and “Rocky Balboa.”

The Tyson family sought Michael Wildes assistance to help with their family friend and Tennis coach whose family fled Iran and sought persecution in the United States as they converted to Christianity. Conversion to Christianity is a crime punishable by death in Iran. Thankfully, Wildes and Weinberg, were able to convince the Immigration Judge of his eligibility and positive equities and now he and his family have a path to Lawful Permanent Residency in the United States. This case was fraught with danger from the outset as the Department of Homeland Security unfairly tarnished him as a terrorist, simply for completing a mandatory three-month military conscription in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, nearly thirty years ago.

Managing Partner Michael Wildes stated “Our client’s bravery and success in seeking asylum demonstrates that we no longer need to be afraid of the vestiges of the war on Terrorism. Rather, we need to come together to judge individuals on their own merits and invest properly in the world’s talent, no matter your origin or background. Our Founding Fathers envisioned a world of challenge but wanted us to succeed through collaboration of diversity”.

Mike Tyson stated and added: “I wanted to say a quick thank you from the Tyson family to Michael Wildes and his amazing legal team for securing asylum for our family friend and Tennis coach and his family. They are simply the best immigration attorneys in the United States. This result shows that, America works best when we come together despite our differences. No matter what your immigration issue is, I recommend Michael Wildes and his aggressive litigators to achieve fantastic results”.  

Wildes & Weinberg was founded in 1960 by Senior Partner, Leon Wildes.  Nearly three quarters of a century later, the firm continues to concentrate its practice in all aspects of U.S. immigration and nationality law, servicing the immigration requirements of prominent American and International firms, banks, industrial, financial, and manufacturing concerns, as well as law firms in connection with the personnel needs of their foreign national employees.

In addition, the firm has a distinguished clientele and has done substantial immigration work for performing artists, directors, writers, models, actors/actresses, athletes, fine artists, art dealers, curators, and literary agents. Most notable was Leon Wildes’ successful representation of former Beatle John Lennon and his artist wife, Yoko Ono in their deportation proceedings, the basis of which has inspired legislation, and has been portrayed in films, plays, and literary works worldwide.  Some of the firm’s other distinguished clients include scholar Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (z”l), as well as soccer icon Pele, Master Chef Jean-Georges and Former First Lady Melania Trump and her family.

Michael Wildes, the firm’s Managing Partner, is also currently serving his fourth term as Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey,  is the author of Safe Haven in America: Battles to Open the Golden Door (which draws on over a quarter of a century of his practice in the immigration field),  is an Adjunct Professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, and serves as Counsel to Lincoln Center and several international/corporate law firms.

Despite difficulties currently being encountered in dealing with U.S. immigration authorities, the firm has maintained an extraordinary track record for success in its cases. The firm’s litigation group has expanded its efforts in filing Mandamus Actions and other Actions in Federal Courts throughout the nation.

In addition, Wildes & Weinberg’s multilingual staff is spread throughout its offices in New York City, Englewood, New Jersey, Miami, Florida, and Los Angeles, California (by appointment only) and are known for their experience and special expertise in processing each foreign national’s case with nothing less than the highest level of professionalism.

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