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Advocates: Girl, 11, Has Deportation Case Reopened

Advocates for Laura Maradiaga say their motion to reopen the girl's deportation case has been granted and her deportation order set aside

Family members and advocates for an 11-year-old Salvadoran girl living in Houston say they have won a reprieve from a deportation they say was due to an apparent paperwork error.

In a statement Tuesday, advocates for Laura Maradiaga say their motion to reopen the girl's deportation case has been granted and her deportation order set aside.

The girl had been issued a removal order after allegedly missing a court appearance in March. Her attorney, Silvia Mintz, blamed a communication error that led to the missed court appearance and asked the court to reopen the case.

Laura, her sister, and her mother, Dona Alvarado, crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in October and sought asylum. The deportation order threatened to separate Laura from her sister and mother and force her return to a country they said they fled because a relative testified against a local gang member.

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