Podcasts & RSS Feeds
Most Active Stories
- "A sad day" for Michigan bats: White-nose syndrome found in 3 counties
- This is doing more damage to Detroit than a hundred drug murders could have
- Power shift at Kendall College causing a stir
- This is what it sounds like when a neighborhood church closes
- Yo Yo Ma playing with Detroit kids might make your heart melt
Mon January 9, 2012
Feds halt deportation hours after rally in support of Detroit mom
Advocates for a Detroit woman held a rally today urging the federal government to scrap its plans to deport her to Mexico this week. Hours after the demonstration, immigration officials announced they would stop Leslie Hernandez’s deportation and release her.
Hernandez is – by her family’s account – exactly the kind of immigrant for whom the Obama administration says deportations should be halted.
Hernandez came to the U.S. as a child and has lived here longer than she ever lived in Mexico. She has a clean record, and three young children.
"She’s not a criminal, and it wasn’t her fault that she was brought the United States when she was a minor," said Hernandez’s sister-in-law, Cecelia Manquera.
President Obama wants immigration agents to focus enforcement efforts on removing immigrants convicted of crimes.
A spokesman for the Detroit immigration enforcement office says Hernandez will be released under federal supervision.