Monday afternoon, 18-year-old Heydi Mejia received the news she and her family had been praying for. Just a few days after her high school graduation, Mejia was granted a reprieve from deportation.
At the ago of 4, Mejia was brought to the U.S. from Guatemala and until the last-minute reprieve, she had been preparing to go back.
In December, immigration officials entered her family’s Virginia apartment and stated she was scheduled to be deported shortly after she graduated from Meadowbrook High School in Richmond.
Friday was her graduation and Mejia, but what was a happy time for her fellow graduates was the start of a very short countdown for her.
However, just three days later came a dramatic change in her story. On Monday afternoon, Mejia’s attorney, Ricky Malik, received a fax from immigration officials saying Mejia’s deportation has been postponed.
The fax read, “the Deferred Action will expire June 11, 2013.”
The deferment always Malik more time to file a motion with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to reopen Mejia’s case and hopefully lead to a dismissal of the deportation order or at the very least grant a longer referral.
As for Mejia, she can now continue the pursuit of higher education she thought she had lost.