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Woman who is ill seeks deportation defense in New York

A woman has claimed that she was fleeing violence when she entered this country and now faces serious health issues. In addition to having a brain tumor that is growing, she has been ordered deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In her effort to be allowed to stay in New York with her family, she is seeking an emergency stay as her deportation defense, since her asylum case is pending appeal.

The woman was arrested at the Mexican border in 2015 on her way to New York as she fled a violent home situation. She was kept in the detention center for over one year until she collapsed and was taken to a hospital. It was discovered there that she had a brain tumor and required medical treatment. Eleven days later she was removed from the hospital by ICE and returned to the detention facility. 

The woman's lawyer asked that she be allowed out on bond since she needed medical supervision and was not a flight risk. The bond was granted, and the woman remained in New York until last month when she received a notice telling her that she would be deported. The woman has filed an motion for a stay of deportation, but the stay would not be in effect until she goes into custody. 

Unless the emergency stay is granted, the woman faces deportation. Asylum may prove to be an effective deportation defense for her, but only if she is able to remain in New York for the pending appeal. The woman's case is a good example of the many legal aspects of avoiding removal from the United States. Many people choose to use the services of an immigration attorney while they seek U.S. citizenship. 

Source: New York Daily News, "Woman who won ICE release after tumor diagnosis faces deportation", Nancy Dillon, Sept. 12, 2017

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