[dropcap]A[/dropcap]n immigration judge has granted administrative closure to undocumented woman Beatriz Santiago-Ramirez. As EXTRA reported, she obtained sanctuary at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission in August she stayed in sanctuary until her immigration case was reopened in November.
This recent judge order means that Beatriz gets the right to stay in the United States while waiting USCIS decision on her U visa application, this also means that Beatriz would not have to attend any future immigration deportation proceedings, her deportation case has been closed. This news comes after a long battle initiated by Beatriz, father Jose Landaverde, attorney Juan Soliz and the many supporters who rallied next to Beatriz.
Beatriz’s immigration attorney Juan Soliz, said the following in a letter to father Jose Landaverde:
“I am happy to inform you that today I received a copy of the Order of the Immigration Judge administratively closing the removal/deportation proceedings against Beatriz … this was done because we were able to show that a new U visa application had been filed on her behalf which is pending … I have every reason to expect [the U visa] will be granted in the near future.”
Father Jose Landaverde states:
“What we are seeing today with the case of Beatriz is the potential that organized communities have, specially when challenging injustices. We still need to continue fighting for the thousands and millions under deportation proceedings, for those who do not have access to financial and social resources, we need to demand a moratorium on all deportations, and continue to pressure for the legalization of all undocumented people.”
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