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Vol. 74/No. 46      December 6, 2010

From Peru, worker fights
to reverse his deportation
U.S. immigration authorities recently sent a letter instructing Peruvian immigrant Moisés Mory to appear at a November 16 hearing in Newark, New Jersey, on his application for temporary residency.

There’s just one problem: on September 8 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported Mory to Peru.

Mory waged a decade-long fight to remain in the United States. He was arrested by immigration agents in 1998 and held for a year, and then arrested again in May 2004 and held for four and a half years. At the time of his second arrest he was president of United Steelworkers of America Local 13742 at a factory in New Jersey, where he worked as a machine operator.

In prison Mory fought for his rights and those of other inmates. His struggle won attention, including coverage in Spanish-language media.

Mory’s wife Ruth, lawyer Glenn Troublefield, and family friend Luz La Torre went to the November 16 hearing. The hearing officer called in a supervisor after being told that Mory had been deported. The two officers conceded that Mory should not have been deported before the hearing.

According to La Torre, the immigration officers said they would make a decision soon on whether Mory could return to the United States for a new hearing.  
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