Immigration: Appeals court rules on deportation after kids left unattended

A decision today by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals could have a positive effect on the deportation case of Imelda Valenzuela Gonzalez, whose story we told in this week's feature, "Out of the Shadows."

The appeals court ruled that an undocumented immigrant named Elia Ibarra should not be considered a child abuser and should be allowed to petition to stay in the country. Ibarra pleaded guilty to leaving her children unattended, the same crime to which Valenzuela Gonzalez pleaded guilty.

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Melanie Asmar is a staff writer for Westword. She joined the paper in 2009 and has won awards for her stories about education, immigration and epic legal battles. Got a tip? She'd love to hear it.
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