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Paez family awaiting deportation decision by immigration official

Armando Paez and his family have been fighting for years to stay in U.S. lawfully. His family's case has generated an outpouring of support from many in Elkhart who back his bid for permission to stay.

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.

ELKHART — An Elkhart family is waiting to learn whether they will be granted another stay of deportation.

Armando Paez and his family appeared for a hearing on Friday, March 14, with an Immigration and Customs Enforcement official in Chicago.

Maria Baldini-Potermin, the family's lawyer, said the ICE official will make a decision regarding stays of deportation for Paez and his wife but did not know a timeline for that decision.

Paez, his wife and the couple's three kids came to Elkhart in 1999 and they've been in Indiana ever since. But they overstayed their visas, running afoul of U.S. immigration law and becoming undocumented immigrants, and subsequently received orders of deportation. They've been fighting for years to rectify the situation so they can remain lawfully and have received temporary reprieves from deportation. 

The three Paez children, Ana, Maria and Juan, have permission to stay under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, initiative.

Paez is a host at Antonio's Italian Ristorante and The Vine, eateries in Elkhart, and his family's case has generated a strong outpouring of support from many in Elkhart who back his bid for permission to stay. For his latest request for a stay of deportation, Paez said he sought out and received notarized letters of support from around 60 people.


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