Wednesday, February 5, 2014
AP reports on an out-of-the-ordinary removal case from the Pacific Northwest. A 19-year-old Oregon woman who drove an SUV into a leaf pile, accidentally killing two young girls playing in it, has been taken into federal custody and may face deportation from the United States. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said on Monday that Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros is being placed in removal proceedings and will be held in detention while she awaits a bond hearing before an immigration judge.
Garcia-Cisneros was sentenced to three years of probation and 250 hours of community service on Friday. A jury found the woman guilty of two counts of felony hit-and-run earlier this month. The crash on Oct. 20 in Forest Grove, 25 miles west of Portland, was an accident. However, the teen failed to come forward after learning she might have struck the children in the leaf pile, which was on the street. Police found her the following day.
Authorities said the two girls were likely concealed by the leaves and not visible to Garcia-Cisneros. Her defense attorney said Garcia-Cisneros was in a state of shock and denial after learning of the children and fixated on the possibility she wasn't the driver who struck them.
Garcia-Cisneros was brought to the U.S. from Mexico as a 4-year-old. She was granted relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Should Garcia-Cisneros be removed from the country? Comments welcome.