Four-Year-Old Returned Home after Immigration Mishap

BY MEREDITH KELLY

Four-year-old, Emily Ruiz, the American citizen daughter of illegal Guatemalan immigrants was finally returned to the United States on Wednesday, March 30 after an almost three-week ordeal. Almost three weeks prior, on March 11, the little girl was returning to the United States with her grandfather after spending the winter in Guatemala. The airplane, scheduled to arrive at JFK, was diverted to Dulles International Airport in DC due to bad weather. While at Dulles, Emily’s grandfather was detained by immigration authorities and told he would not be able to stay in the United States because of an immigration infraction twenty years ago. When the plane finally arrived at JFK, Emily was not on it. Due to an immigration infraction twenty years ago, Emily’s grandfather was told by authorities in DC that he was unable to stay in the country. This left the family with very limited options. According to her father, Leonel Ruiz, he was told that because of his status as an illegal immigrant, Emily would either be placed in the custody of the State of Virginia, or sent back to Guatemala with her grandfather. Fearful that his daughter would be adopted if placed with the Government, Mr. Ruiz decided it would be best for Emily to go back to Guatemala.… <Read More>