"Carlos and Sandra Figueroa have been in deportation proceedings since 2009 when Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested them in an immigration sweep at a local car wash in Phoenix. But this week, the family got unexpected news: U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) closed their deportation case. The decision is the latest in a series of cases that the federal agency has decided to close, ending deportation proceedings against dozens of undocumented immigrants who were arrested in Arizona’s immigration raids. “After conducting a comprehensive review of the Figueroas’ immigration case, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has chosen to exercise prosecutorial discretion in this matter,” authorities said Monday in a statement. “There’s still hope, that even the most difficult cases can be resolved,” said Sandra Figueroa, 38, from her home, just a few hours after she got the news. ICE was responding to a special request by Delia Salvatierra, an immigration attorney who recently took the Figueroas’ case." - Valeria Fernández, New America Media, July 16, 2013.
- Delia Salvatierra