Remember my March 22, 2011 blog post about Emily Ruiz? She is the four-year-old girl born in the United States to parents from Guatemala who are undocumented. Emily visited Guatemala with her grandfather, who possessed a valid temporary visa. When they tried to re-enter the U.S., the grandfather was found to have an immigration violation dating from the mid-1990s. After a series of events, officials from Customs and Border Protection put Emily on an airplane and returned her to Guatemala.
I’m happy to report that Emily is back in the United States. As a U.S. citizen, that is her right.
Read the complete story and its outcome in the New York Times, in 4-Year-Old Citizen Who Was Deported Comes Back, by Tim Stelloh, and the most recent developments in an article written by the Ruiz family’s attorney, David Sperling, For Little Emily, the Story Has Not Yet Ended, on the Huffington Post. The comments in the Huffington Post article reveal readers’ strong opinions on the subject of immigration.
I wonder how decision-makers living in Guatemala feel about this incident?