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Deportation reversed for mom, daughter

Some North Carolina readers may be aware that federal immigration officials were ordered to locate and arrange for the return of a 34-year-old woman and her 12-year-old daughter to the United States after being deported to Guatemala. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals found that the deportation occurred without its knowledge. Reportedly, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement failed to properly inform the court of the deportation.

Apparently, the woman and her child were awakened early one morning at a Pennsylvania residential center where they were being detained. The two were reportedly required to board an airplane that was bound for Guatemala. The Chief Judge for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals is said to have received word of the deportation and ordered that the mother and her daughter be intercepted at the airport in Guatemala and immediately brought back to the United States. The court went so far as to direct that, should the two not be intercepted at the airport in Guatemala, ICE officials must locate them and arrange their return to this country.

The attorney representing the immigrants accused ICE of denying her clients due process. She stated that ICE had acted in an inappropriate manner. She also noted that her clients had reportedly suffered domestic abuse in Guatemala and were in a protection program in the United States.

Some say that the order in this case has set a new precedent, enabling courts to reverse a deportation that has already occurred under similar circumstances. North Carolina immigrants who face legal issues such as wrongful deportation can contact a legal professional for guidance. An attorney with experience in immigration law would be able to advise someone as to how best to proceed under such circumstances.

Source:, "Immigration News: Judge Reverses Deportation of Mother and Daughter, Orders Them Returned From Guatemala", Rodrigo Ugarte, June 22, 2015

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