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A girl who fled violence-ridden El Salvador with her mother and older sister received a last-minute reprieve from a federal immigration court judge in Texas who stopped her deportation proceedings.
Laura Maradiaga, 11, fled her native Central American country in late September after family members who witnessed a murder in the La Paz region were killed by the Barrio 18 gang.
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The gang threatened the family and said they would kill her 15-year-old sister, Adamaris Maradiaga, unless she became the girlfriend of one of the gang members, according to Univision.
Laura's sister, who stopped attending school and cut off all of her social activities out of fear of what the gang could do to her.
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Dora Maradiaga managed to find employment and gathered enough money to make the journey to the Mexico-United State border.
She arrived at the entry point in McAllen, Texas, on October 5.
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They were subsequently released under the condition they appeared before a judge.
The family constantly checked with the local Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency without missing any hearings.
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The family started anew in the U.S., settling down in Houston while they awaited their February 2 court hearing which was postponed because of President Donald Trump's government shutdown.
Their hearing was moved to March 12, however only Adamaris and Dora received hearing notice for their asylum request.
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Laura attended court with her mother and sibling but her name was not included in the docket.
The family then received a letter which notified Laura of her impending deportation order, but they were unable to read it because they can't speak English.
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