Posted by: Ann Corcoran | October 6, 2011

Casa de Maryland succeeds in staying deportation in discrimination case

We told you about this case the other day, here.  The illegal Salvadoran was stopped and questioned by Sheriff’s deputies in Frederick County Maryland because she ran and hid when they drove past her.   She claims (with the help of handlers at Casa de Maryland) that she was discriminated against because of her appearance and was just nonchalantly sitting on a curb munching her lunch.

She was to be deported at the end of the week, but the deportation has been stayed for one year.

From AP:

FREDERICK — A lawyer for a Salvadoran woman suing two Frederick County sheriff’s deputies for race discrimination says her client’s deportation has been delayed.

Casa de Maryland staff attorney Zorayda Moreria-Smith said Wednesday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement granted Roxana Santos a one-year stay Thursday, one day before her scheduled deportation.

Santos claims to have suffered discrimination in 2008 when the deputies detained her for what they called suspicious behavior. A background check revealed her illegal immigration status.

Santos claims she was singled out for her ethnic appearance amid overzealous enforcement of immigration laws. The deputies say they properly detained her because she tried to hide as they drove down the street.

The defendants in the federal lawsuit have denied any wrongdoing.



  1. Obvious Casa de Maryland tactic, cops do their job, sue the cops. What do you think the people would have been saying about those cops if they had ignored this person’s suspicious behavior and she had murdered a soccor mom and her two tween aged children the next day? The wheels would have come off the cart!
    But we may be missing the point here. The point being this: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement granted her a one year stay, one day before her scheduled deportation! Gee, I wonder how that happened?

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