Skip to comments.Family celebrates immigrant's temporary reprieve
Posted on 02/15/2014 1:51:53 PM PST by moonshinner_09
The family of a Jamaican immigrant in Shirley had reason to celebrate Friday after federal officials granted a temporary reprieve and halted his detention, allowing him to return home to his wife, an ailing daughter and four other children. Pernell Mitchell, 45, was released late Friday from the Suffolk County jail in Riverhead, in time to celebrate the 12th birthday of his daughter Melissa, who is being treated for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The decision bought time for the family to seek legal remedies to Mitchell's residency status but does not clear the case, immigration officials said."It's just good to have him coming back," said Judith Mitchell, 43, his wife of 17 years. "I know some people that maybe won't sleep tonight because they'll be so happy," she said, smiling at her three boys and two girls, ages 4 to 15. Pernell Mitchell, a clerk and truck driver at a rent-to-own store in Riverhead, had been held for three weeks, since a Jan. 24 traffic stop in Southampton. He was driving an uninsured and unregistered vehicle as he returned from work when he was stopped by police, and he faces a forgery charge stemming from his invalid driver's license. The arrest uncovered the deportation warrant from U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement, which seeks to remove immigrants in the country illegally. Khaalid Walls, an ICE spokesman, confirmed that the agency placed Mitchell "into supervised release."
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Would any citizen with that rap sheet be at home celebrating a birthday? Whatever happened to equal treatment under the law?
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