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Elizabeth Lee Granted Six Month Reprieve

First Posted: 01/10/11 08:16 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:25 PM ET

Elizabeth Lee

An undocumented student who was slated for deportation back to Peru this month was granted a six-month reprieve on Thursday, according to the San Francisco Appeal.

Elizabeth Lee, 18, was detained with her 16-year-old brother and mother by U.S. Immigration and Customs officials following her mother's arrest in June. Lee has been accepted to UC Berkeley.

ABC Local News reports that the Lee family fled discrimination in Peru and came to live in California in 2000. Lee only learned of her illegal status in 2006, when her mother was arrested for the first time and she was placed in foster care.

Lee family lawyer Jaclyn Shull-Gonzalez sees the extension as an opportunity to build a case for the family -- she told the San Francisco Chronicle, "we were hopeful we would get more time for them, and we did," adding, "If the Dream Act had happened, we wouldn't need to do this."

ABC Local News reported that Lee addressed supporters from her church and school in a rally held in her family's honor last week. "I'm very nervous about what's going to happen because if it doesn't work out, I have to go back to Peru and I have no one there," she said. "I have no family, no friends."

Below, check out ABC's coverage of the rally.


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