January 9, 2002 at 8:10 PM EST - Updated July 27 at 7:59 PM
BRECKSVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A couple will be deported to Poland despite an 8-year-old's plea to the president that his parents remain in the United States.
Karol Boryka, the American-born son of Sylwester and Mariola Boryka, wrote to President Bush last year because he "seemed like a man who cared about families."
In early 2000, the Immigration and Naturalization Service ordered the couple deported for overstaying their visas.
Sylwester, 34, leaves for Warsaw on Friday and will immediately file papers to return home. Then his wife must return to Poland and go through the same process.
"We're very hopeful that Sylwester will return home very quickly," said Richard Herman, the family's lawyer. "We have already filed the paperwork for him to have processed with the American embassy in Warsaw and the overseas U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in Vienna, Austria. But we have no idea how long it will take for him to return."
The Borykas (pictured, above) arrived from Poland in 1990 on a tourist visa. The INS began deportation proceedings in 1991 after the visa expired.
The couple ignored an order to leave the country in April 1999 because their attorney said it was being appealed.
The family might have stayed in the country indefinitely if Mariola, 35, had not been stopped by North Royalton police on a routine traffic check a week before Christmas in 2000.
The couple's two American-born children, Karol and Claudia, 5, can remain in America, as can Sylwester's elderly mother, Felicia, a Polish immigrant who became a U.S. citizen 20 years ago.
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