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"Three sisters who tearfully begged for a chance
to go before a judge to avoid deportation within days were granted
something beyond what they imagined. A yearlong stay in Utah, courtesy of the federal government. Avelar and her two sisters — Laura and Silvia —
were granted a rare deferred action from U.S. Customs and Immigration
Enforcement (ICE) authorities, the agency confirmed Wednesday. The sisters’ case rose to prominence Monday
when the sisters told their story publicly in front of LDS Temple Square
in Salt Lake City. The three, all Mormon, said they were hoping for a
miracle to stave off the final order of deportation set for June 15. Utah Republican Party Central Committee member
Laura Warburton read about their story in The Salt Lake Tribune and
forwarded it to Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, asking if there was
anything he could do on their behalf. Shurtleff decided he would write a personal email to ICE Director John Morton — something he said he has never done before. "I didn’t know if this was too late in the
game," Shurtleff said. "I wanted to be clear to John that this wasn’t
something I was going to be calling on every day. I was careful to say I
didn’t expect anything and apologized if this was out of order but
maybe he could do something." When asked if Shurtleff’s action spurred the
review, ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice acknowledged the correspondence
between the attorney general and Morton but said the review was a
re-evaluation of the case, "not [based] on other factors." She said the deferred action was good for one year." - David Montero, Salt Lake Tribune, June 6, 2012.