Albanian mother facing removal can stay in US

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

TROY, Mich. (AP) An Albanian mother of three living in suburban Detroit who faced deportation says she can stay in the United States for at least another year.

Immigration officials granted a "stay of removal" for Cile Precetaj (CHEE'-leh preh-CHEH'-tye) of Troy. She also had a tether removed.

Precetaj was ordered to board a plane Monday and return to Albania. She defied the order, arguing she had earned the right to live in the U.S.

She sought asylum but judge denied her request in 2007. Her husband says she was escaping an abusive fiance and violent culture.

Her attorney, Andrew Johnson, says Precetaj will request to stay in the country every year. Federal officials say Precetaj must obey all laws to keep the removal in effect.

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