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Undocumented Mother of 3 Deported Despite Receiving Reprieve, Permission to Travel

February 03, 2016
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Immigrant rights advocates say an undocumented 32-year-old mother of three has been deported from the United States, even though she had been granted a reprieve from deportation under President Obama’s executive action. Lesly Sophia Cortez-Martinez came to the United States when she was 15. She was granted a reprieve from deportation under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, or DACA. Cortez-Martinez had reportedly received permission to visit Mexico. But border agents detained her when she returned to the Chicago airport, apparently citing an old deportation order from 2004. She was deported to Mexico Tuesday with her infant and another one of her children.

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