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Three Deported Teens Back in San Diego

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Aired 6/17/09

Three undocumented minors who were arrested on the way to school in San Diego last month and deported to Mexico have been allowed back into the United States. As KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson explains federal officials have allowed the teenagers to come home on humanitarian parole.

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Above: KPBS reporter Amy Isackson tells San Diego Week host Joanne Faryon about the return of three undocumented teenagers to their parents in the U.S.

Three Deported Teens Back in San Diego
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Stephanie Jimenez and her mom greet a well wisher. Stephanie returned to San Diego Wednesday morning, after federal immigration officials granted her parole. She was one of three undocumented minors arrested last month on the way to school and deported to Mexico.
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Above: Stephanie Jimenez and her mom greet a well wisher. Stephanie returned to San Diego Wednesday morning, after federal immigration officials granted her parole. She was one of three undocumented minors arrested last month on the way to school and deported to Mexico.

Three undocumented minors who were arrested on the way to school in San Diego last month and deported to Mexico have been allowed back into the United States. As KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson explains federal officials have allowed the teenagers to come home on humanitarian parole.

Stephanie Jimenez and Mauricio Villanueva say they planned to meet at the Old Town trolley station the morning of May 20th to catch the bus to school.

Mauricio says he arrived first. A Border Patrol agent in plainclothes questioned him and detained him.

Stephanie says the same happened to her.

The two, they're boyfriend and girlfriend, found each other at the Border Patrol Station. They were deported to Tijuana together.

Their lawyer, Lilia Velasquez, says federal officials violated the procedure for deporting minors.

"I think that's why the government decided it was best to bring the students back to the United States, make sure they have their day in court and they can pursue whatever course of action they may be entitled to."

San Diego Border Patrol supervisor Daryl Reed says agents obeyed the rules.

He says they routinely work at transportation hubs to find illegal immigrants.

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