Dream Act-Eligible Victim of Fraudster Attorney Walter Pineda Set for Deportation Thursday

UPDATE 5:40 p.m.: An ICE officer called Ramirez to tell her she does not have to leave the country on Thursday, says immigration attorney Mark Silverman. Her deportation is postponed while immigration officials consider whether to grant her another stay or reconsider her case all together. “It's not a complete victory; they don't want to rush their decision,” Silverman says. We'll keep you updated as to what happens.  

A victim of the San Francisco-based ex-attorney Walter Pineda — who defrauded immigrant clients out of thousands of dollars to bring long-shot asylum cases that had little chance of winning — faces deportation Thursday if she cannot win a last-minute reprieve from immigration authorities. 

The attorneys of Yessica Ramirez, a 25-year-old Mexican national who has lived in the Bay Area since she was two, applied for a stay on her deportation order last week and contacted Senators Jackie Speier, Dianne Feinstein, and Barbara Boxer to intercede on her behalf. (The number of the congressional switchboard if you're interested in calling yourself: 202-224-3121.) After the press conference today at her pro bono attorneys' firm, Foley & Lardner, in downtown San Francisco, Ramirez was scheduled to present her ICE case officer with her one-way flight itinerary to Mexico. She is hoping something will happen in the next 72 hours so she won't have to board it.

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