Immigration Newsletter

Monday, November 16, 2009

Dad in 'balloon boy' case turns himself in - CNN.com

Dad in 'balloon boy' case turns himself in - CNN.com

What's this got to do with immigration?

Here's a snippet from the article --

The threat of deportation for Mayumi Heene was a factor in the plea deal negotiation, the attorney's statement said.

"Mayumi Heene is a citizen of Japan. As such, any felony conviction or certain misdemeanors would result in her deportation, even though her husband and children are Americans," the statement said.

"It is supremely ironic that law enforcement has expressed such grave concern over the welfare of the children, but it was ultimately the threat of taking the children's mother from the family and deporting her to Japan which fueled this deal."

Prosecutors in the case could not be immediately reached for comment.