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ICE grants work permit, stay of removal for Daniel Ruiz

ICE grants work permit, stay of removal for Daniel Ruiz

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Jun 9, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials approved a stay of removal for Daniel Neyoy Ruiz.

According to a No More Deaths press release, the decision is keeping with the Obama administration's policies directing local ICE officials to close deportation proceedings for individuals deemed a "low priority" for removal.

The stay of removal is dated May 14,  the first day that the original request was received by local ICE officials. They stay of removal is valid for one year.

On May 13 Ruiz, took public sanctuary at Southside Presbyterian Church.  He had received a final order of removal and subsequent requests for a stay of removal had been denied.

This lead to a protracted campaign to keep his family together, according to the media release.

Over the course of the past month thousands of phone calls, emails and faxes have been sent to Cecilia Munoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council, and Jeh Johnson, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, urging them to keep the Neyoy Ruiz family together.

Since Ruiz took sanctuary numerous other parents in similar situations have come forward and other faith communities have begun to discuss whether they too will offer sanctuary to neighbors and congregants facing deportation.

Ina Ronquillo

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Ina is a Southern Arizona native. She graduated from Nogales High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.