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October 17, 2011: The Public Ministry (MP) sentenced Alma Beatriz
Valle Flores and Enriqueta Noriega Cano, legal representatives of the Spring Association adoption center, with 26 years in jail for human trafficking, illicit association, and falsification of documents. The two women were accused of the illegal adoption of Angely Liseth Hernandez Rodriguez, who was stolen from her mother in 2006 and given to adoptive parents in the United States.
September 29, 2011: Following a request from migrants living in the U.S., the chancellery of Guatemala announced that it will send a letter to Washington reiterating the need for the U.S. government to approve Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Guatemalan migrants.
June 28, 2011: Senate hearing on the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act takes place in Washington, D.C. The Senate Judiciary Committee and the Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security met today to discuss the reintroduction of the DREAM act, meant to give immigrants under 35 who were brought to the US before the age of 16 a legal path to citizenship.
June 20, 2011: The “Legal Workforce Act” (H.R. 2164) Causes Outcry from Immigrant Rights Groups
January 24, 2011 (AD): Deportations increasing. So far this year, the number of deportees has reached 1,237, who arrived on 15 flights. “The year 2010 saw 29,095 Guatemalans deported, and it’s posible this number will rise due to the toughening of immigration laws in the north,” commented Fernando Lucero, migration spokesperson. Over the last five years, deportations from the U.S. have increased by 200%.