ICE Closes Dozens of Deportation Cases in Arizona

"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