Answered on Jan 18th, 2011 at 5:28 PM
Immigration judges usually do not feel comfortable to proceed with removal proceeding when respondents do not have an attorney. Most likely, the judge will give your dad more time, so that your dad can save money and hire an attorney. In order to remain in the US, your dad must have some sort of remedy. I t appears from your story that your dad stayed outside the US too long. This is an issue because the resident card is to reside in the US. Failure to reside here usually result in green card being taken away.
Your dad need some "relief" in order to remain legally in the US. I was wondering whether your dad's parents ever naturalized? Any grand parents born in the US? A lot of LPRs near the border are sometimes American citizen without knowing it. The laws are very complex..this is where an attorney is worth hiring. Or by any chance, is the son over age 18...does it mean the son is 19? If the son is 21 and American citizen, your father could readjust his status in court (Get a new green card showing a new date of admission). Good luck.