An update to a story KARE 11 brought you Monday night: Immigration officials in Washington, D.C. have decided not to deport Cecilia Sanchez-Zurita on Wednesday, as previously scheduled.
Instead, her deportation will be deferred for at least a year. Her family had asked for the deferment so Sanchez-Zurita could spend time with her terminally ill child, Samantha.
The following is a statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement:
"ICE has received additional information regarding the family's situation as it relates to the deportation case of Cecilia Sanchez-Zurita. Based on this additional information, ICE has determined that "deferred action" is warranted. Therefore, Mrs. Sanchez-Zurita will be immediately placed under supervised release for a period of one year, with the possibility of an extension. Her removal order, issued in 1994 by a federal immigration judge, will remain in effect. ICE will carry out the judge's order at a date to be determined."
"I couldn't believe it, I was very happy," Sanchez-Zurita said through an interpreter.
She was scheduled to be deported today. While the mother of four is relieved, she is also worried about what's ahead for Samantha, who has a genetic disorder, liver cancer and chronic lung disease.
"It's hard for me to say this, but I just have to wait. I have to wait, and you know what I have to wait for," Sanchez-Zurita said.
Sanchez Zurita says she's still trying to get used to her new ankle monitoring device, but she'll be the first to say its well worth it, to spend what she hopes to be another year with Samantha.
To read the original story on Sanchez-Zurita and her daughter Samantha, click here.
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