Emily Ruiz, 4-Year-Old Citizen Who Was Deported Comes Back


Cuéntame, 2000 of you took action and shared the story. Good news, you made an impact and there was a positive resolution to this  injustice. Yet, how many similar cases are out there that we know nothing about? The fight goes on. – Axel

Via NY Times


Emily Ruiz, the 4-year-old US citizen who was deported earlier this month, hugs her mother Wednesday morning at John F. Kennedy International Airport.Courtesy David Sperling Emily Ruiz and her mother hugging Wednesday morning at Kennedy International Airport.

Emily Ruiz, the 4-year-old United States citizen who was deported to her parents’ native country, Guatemala, this month, has returned to New York.

She was greeted at Kennedy International Airport early Wednesday morning by hugs from her mother, the family’s lawyer, David M. Sperling, wrote on Twitter.

“Mission accomplished,” he wrote.

Mr. Sperling said a news conference would be held later in the day.

The case has caused outrage among immigration lawyers and reform advocates.

When Emily, a Long Island native, was detained at Dulles International Airport outside Washington on March 11, she was returning to the United States with her grandfather from a trip to Guatemala.

Because of an immigration infraction two decades ago, her grandfather was told he could not stay in the country. Emily’s parents are illegal immigrants — a fact that left the young girl in limbo and complicated her return to the United States.

“She was treated like a second-class citizen or worse,” Mr. Sperling has said. “She’s a U.S. citizen, and she’s entitled to the same rights as any other U.S. citizen.”

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