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Saturday, June 25, 2011

NRI News: Indian-American student, mom get deportation reprieve!

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Houston, Jun 25 (PTI) / Deccan Herald.


An Indian American pre-medical student and her mother facing deportation to India for staying in the US illegally have received a last-minute reprieve and were allowed to stay back temporarily to appeal the order.

Mandeep Chahal, who just finished her second year at the University of California-Davis, and her mother Jagdish Kaur, a homemaker, received a temporary stay on deportation by the Department of Homeland Security on June 21.

Chahal, 20, entered the US with her mother in 1997, but did not find out she was undocumented until she was 15.

Jagdish Kaur filed for political asylum in 1998, but following a six-year backlog, failed to show up at a hearing in 2003 and was denied asylum.

A judge then ordered Kaur to be deported.She was picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in 2010, while on her way to a doctor’s appointment, and held in detention.

Kaur was released shortly afterwards for medical reasons, but both she and Chahal wore ankle monitors for a while so that ICE could track their movements.

Over the weekend, friends and advocates launched a last-minute social media campaign to halt Mountain View resident Mandeep Chahal's deportation, which was scheduled for Wednesday.

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