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Deportation Reprieve Granted to Harvard Graduate Doctoral Candidate

December 03, 2010 By: admin Category: The situation

Lancaster, CA: 31-year-old Mark Farrales, who came to the United States illegally when he was 10, will be allowed to stay in the U.S. for one year. The man has been in detention after he was arrested by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and was to be deported to his native Philippines. Instead he has now been released and granted a one-year reprieve from his deportation. Farrales is a graduate of Harvard University, and is now a doctoral candidate at the University of California San Diego. When a U.S. Congressman from California, Brad Sherman, learned of Farrales pending removal, he asked ICE to “defer action,” and stop the deportation in order to let the Board of Immigration Appeals have another look at Farrales case. Farrales came to the United States from the Philippines with his family in 1990 to seek political asylum. Prior to coming to the U.S., Farrales’ father, who had spoken against political corruption and announced that he would run for political office in the Philippines, had survived an attempt on his life where he was shot twice in the head. However, the political asylum was never granted, and when the father died in 2006, Mark Farrales became “out of status,” and an illegal immigrant. ICE said in a statement that “deferred action” is used in cases where there are compelling humanitarian issues involved, to allow more time to get the required legal issues in order. Farrales said he now plans to finish his doctoral dissertation on government corruption.
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