You are currently viewing the printable version of this article, to return to the normal page, please click here.

Illegal immigrant who dodged deportation by hiding in church gets fed OK to stay

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

An illegal immigrant from Mexico who ran into a church in Arizona to keep from being deported is going to be allowed to stay in America, a federal immigration officer said.

Daniel Neyoy Ruiz, 36, has been living and raising a family in the United States for more than a decade. In May, he was ordered to report to a local immigration office and face voluntary deportation. Instead, he ran into a Tucson church with a reputation for sheltering illegals, staying there for the next month, Reuters reported.

Earlier this week, immigration officers told him that he has been granted a one-year stay — with the option to renew that stay each year. The allowance also comes with a work permit, Reuters reported.

"I cried," Mr. Neyoy Ruiz said after learning of the decision. "I cried out of happiness and [my family and I] hugged each other knowing that this was done."

Mr. Neyoy Ruiz's son is a teenager and a legal U.S. citizen. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said he's never committed a crime and the agency was more interested in focusing its efforts on illegal border crossers.

But immigration watchers say the reversal on the deportation order is a bad decision.

"While law enforcement agencies should prioritize cases, there's no reason that a deportation order shouldn't be enforced," said Ira Mehiman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, according to Reuters.&

© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.