Family Relieved to Continue Life Without Imminent Threat of Deportation; Commits to Pushing for a Long Term Solution
Seattle, WA – After tirelessly building public support for keeping their family together, Jaime Rubio Sulficio and Keiko Maruyama won a reprieve on Jaime’s deportation from Washington State Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Field Office Director Nathalie Asher. Jaime, an eight-year Shoreline, WA resident and husband and father to a one-year-old U.S. citizen, was granted a one-year stay of removal Friday.
According to Lori Walls, Jaime’s attorney:
Jaime–a loving father of a U.S. citizen and husband to a U.S. citizen with medical issues—is exactly the type of person who should not be deported from the U.S. We’re heartened by ICE’s decision to let Jaime stay with his family but remain cognizant of the uncertain long-term future. We won’t stop fighting until Jaime gets the certainty and long-term relief he and his family deserve.
Despite the announcement of a delay last week, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson is continuing to review the Obama Administration’s deportation policy and examine ways to enforce current law in a more “humane” way. Given the fact that Jaime has lived in the United States for years and is peacefully raising a family, he would likely benefit from the outcome of DHS’s review and moreover, qualify for a path to citizenship under the Senate immigration bill.
Said Keiko Maruyama, Jaime’s wife:
We were thrilled to learn of ICE’s decision to grant my husband this stay. We know we’ll have to fight again next year, but one more year means one more year of our family staying together. It means one more year in our home where our life started. And it means one more year for our son to grow up with his father. We’re overjoyed with this news and will continue pushing the Obama Administration to consider my husband as DHS completes its review.
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