Posts Tagged ‘undocumented immigrants’

Missouri judge rules in favor of adoptive parents in Encarnacion Bail Romero case

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Regarding the case of Encarnacion Bail Romero, which I posted about here, here, and here. From the St. Louis, Missouri Post-Dispatch website,

A Greene County juvenile court has ruled in favor of a Missouri couple seeking to adopt a child of a Guatemalan woman after she had been arrested and detained for working in the country illegally.

The move culminates a lengthy international custody dispute over the child which put American immigration policies under scrutiny and drew outrage from a Guatemalan diplomat and others fighting for immigrant rights.

Judge David Jones ruled this morning in a closed Springfield courtroom that the 5-year-old boys’ birth mother, Encarnacion Romero, abandoned the child. The ruling, which terminated the birth mother’s parental rights, paves the way for Seth and Melinda Moser of Carthage to formally adopt the child.

The couple has raised the boy since he was an infant. Carlos Jamison Moser, who goes by the name Jamison, just completed preschool, said the family’s attorney Joe Hensley.

“The Mosers are very happy,” he said this afternoon. “This is something that’s been hanging over their heads for years. They’re ready to close that chapter of their lives and move on.”

Romero, who has been allowed to remain in the country awaiting the outcome of the dispute, was present in the courtroom today and left the courthouse in tears. Neither she or her attorney could be reached for comment.

Those working for immigration rights who had been watching the case closely said they were disappointed with the decision.

And from ABC News: (more…)


Update on Emily Ruiz, 4-year-old US citizen deported to Guatemala

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

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?