Colorado Judge Halts Lesbian’s Deportation

Pandos Yesterday, just as the Obama administration announced it would use "prosecutorial discretion" when considering whether to deport "low priority" illegal immigrants, Colorado Judge Mimi Tsankov halted the deportation case of Mexican national Sujey Pando, who is married to an American woman, Violeta Pando.

The details, from Stop the Deportations founder Lavi Soloway:

Because today's hearing was intended to be a final decision day on Sujey's deportation, the judge's action was unusual; she spent 45 minutes methodically considering the procedural posture of the case.  

In the end, the Judge set aside the intended purpose of the hearing, citing developments including the Attorney General's intervention in a similar case in May (Matter of Dorman) and noted that the issues involved in this case existed in a context that was 'fluid' and 'in a state of flux.'

Tsankov also reportedly cited the Obama administration's new rules as part of her decision.

As Violeta explains, Sujey came to the States after being abused and raped in Mexico. The two women first met in 2006, began dating and were married in Iowa last year.

Violeta also vows to leave the U.S. if Surjey is ultimately deported: "I have been placed in a position where I have to choose between my country and my wife… If Sujey is deported then I will be deported too, because I will not leave her side."


  1. Brian says

    The other day you headline read that “Obama” is going to break-up this married couple but today he does get an ounce of credit for keeping then together. This blog is bullsh*t!

  2. yonquersconquers says

    Brian pet, it’s actually the immigration law as it pertains to gays because of DOMA that’s – as you say – bullsh*t!

    You’d know that if you studied an issue before commenting on it.

  3. MikeBoston says

    Another step in the right direction. It may be a baby step but it is still progress.

    Others facing deportation now have a precedent to cite in front of other judges. It’s not perfect but it’s better than nothing.

    DADT down, DOMA to go.

  4. Dan says

    What about the Australian guy who is about to get deported? The one who is the sole caregiver to his AIDS-afflicted husband? I sure hope the law will bend to help him as well.

  5. Brian says

    @ yonquersconquers, i’m not your pet. Thanks for the faint effort to come off as someting other than a jerk. Secondly, your comment makes no sense. DOMA is not a law that was persued or enacted by Obama and his administration. As a matter of fact, now that the Justice Department thinks that it has grounds that will stand up in court, they won’t even defend the law anymore. Pointing out the hypocrisy of towleroad for making this Obama’s issue doesn’t suggest a lack of “study”. It is more evidence that gays would rather treat an ally like an adversary for not moving fast enough rather than going after the real problem: Congress! Perhaps you should do some more studying before commenting!

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