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Salem woman gets reprieve from deportation

Mariola Perez and her son, Ernesto, 3, at a rally in front of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Burlington.
Mariola Perez and her son, Ernesto, 3, at a rally in front of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Burlington.

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Supporters of a Salem woman who was set to be returned to her native Guatemala — including reknowned scholars and activists Noam Chomsky and his daughter, Aviva Chomsky — are breathing sighs of relief after federal immigration officials issued a stay of her deportation from the United States.

Mariola Perez, who entered the country illegally while pregnant in 2010 and now has a son, Ernesto, 3, had been ordered by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Sept. 17 to depart within 60 days. The order came after Perez’s arrest in Salem during a traffic stop brought her to the attention of ICE authorities.

In a statement, ICE said that after conducting a “comprehensive review” of Perez’s case, the agency “has chosen to exercise prosecutorial discretion in this matter and has granted her a Stay of Removal.”

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