Illegal Immigrant Staying at Arizona Church Receives 1-Year Stay of Deportation

Daniel Neyoy Ruiz, center, with his wife Karla and his son Carlos, holds his stay from a March deportation order he received Monday from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. (Paul M. Ingram/TucsonSentinel.com)
Daniel Neyoy Ruiz, center, with his wife Karla and his son Carlos, holds his stay from a March deportation order he received Monday from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. (Paul M. Ingram/TucsonSentinel.com)

An undocumented immigrant who has been living in sanctuary with his wife and son at Southside Presbyterian Church since May 13 has received a stay in his deportation case.

Even as he enjoyed lunch at a nearby restaurant Monday, Daniel Neyoy Ruiz said he couldn’t believe he could now safely leave the church grounds and return home.

“I still don’t believe it, but I’ve got the paper here to prove it,” he said, reaching for his pocket.

The document, a stay of deportation, means the government has agreed to not enforce the order of removal for one year. In the meantime, Neyoy Ruiz can obtain a work permit and later apply to renew the stay.

Attorney Margo Cowan said she received word midafternoon that Immigration and Customs Enforcement had approved her client’s petition. She rushed to the church to share the news.

“When she told me, I just began to cry,” Neyoy Ruiz said. “We were all crying there at the church. I’m very happy to be free again and be able to continue living my life.”

Cowan said that while she is pleased with the outcome in this case, Neyoy Ruiz represents the thousands of illegal immigrants who are in the United States without legal status.

“This really is a historic moment, and we call on the administration to stop issuing these final orders of removal for people who have earned the right to stay here,” she said.

Neyoy Ruiz and his wife, Karla, came to the U.S. in 2000 and have an American-born son who is 13.

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SOURCE: Arizona Daily Star
Luis F. Carrasco

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