08/13/2012 02:19 pm ET Updated Oct 13, 2012

Immigration Officials Spare Entrepreneurs' Daughter

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Lauren Gray is one of the lucky few.

Born in Britain but raised in Missouri, Gray last week narrowly avoided deportation. Her parents came years ago on business visas, which permitted her to stay in the country only until she turned 21 last week.

Her odyssey in the immigration system, featured in a recent story by CNNMoney, revealed problems faced by entrepreneurs like Gray's parents who travel to the United States to launch businesses and create jobs.

Gray's parents left Britain in 1995 to manage a hotel and restaurant in the tiny town of Trenton. They came using E-2 visas, the principal route for entrepreneurs who want to launch businesses in the United States.

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