Friday, December 23, 2011

Shoplifter Gets Immigration Stay And Won't Face Removal From The U.S.

Gustavo Romero-Alvarez

Man caught in Macy's shoplifting case will get opportunity to graduate from high school and won't get deported to Mexico as expected.

By H. Nelson Goodson
December 23, 2011

Portland, Oregon - Last Friday, Gustavo Romero-Alvarez, 19, facing removal from the U.S. received word that he won't face deportation proceedings for now. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) decided to grant Romero-Alvarez a temperary stay and his case will continue to be reviewed by immigration officials, according to family members.
Romero-Alvarez plans to graduate this year from Centennial High School and will try to become a firefighter in the area. He was arrested in June 2010 after being caught shoplifting a shirt at a local Macy's store. He spent several months in the Clackamas County jail on an immigration hold, when he was discovered to be undocumented during booking. An immigration judge later ordered Romero-Alvarez to voluntarily leave the country by December 16 or face removal by ICE.
He was brought to the U.S. when he was seven and doesn't know anyone in Mexico, according to Romero Alvarez' interview with KATU news.
Romero-Alvarez will someday face an immigration judge again and cases like his, that challenge deportation proceedings could be ongoing for years.

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