Teen who killed girls in leaves may get deported

Teen who killed girls in leaves may get deported

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by Cornelius Swart, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on February 4, 2014 at 7:28 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 4 at 11:33 AM

TACOMA, Wash. -- A teenager who killed two Forest Grove children in a hit-and-run in October was taken into federal custody on immigration charges Monday.

Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, 19, was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Monday and sent to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma Washington, said ICE spokesman Andrew Munoz.

Garcia-Cisneros had been released from a Washington County court days earlier on a fatal hit-and-run case, but now must await a federal hearing on immigration issues. Garcia-Cisneros was born in Mexico.

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On Oct. 20, stepsisters Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, 6, and Abby Robinson, 11, were playing in a leaf pile when Garcia-Cisneros drove through it, felt a bump and kept going. The two girls died of injuries from the accident.

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Garcia-Cisneros was found guilty Jan. 15 on two counts of failure to perform the duties of a driver. On Friday she was sentenced to three years probation and 250 hours of community service. She was released from the Washington County Jail, but her lawyer, Courtney Carter, said at the time that Garcia-Cisneros was in "grave danger of being deported."

Garcia-Cisneros was brought to the U.S. from Mexico as a 4-year-old. She has temporary permission to be in the country legally under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, meaning she has a work permit and a Social Security number.

To be eligible for the program, immigrants must prove they arrived in the United States before they turned 16, are under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012, have been living in the country at least five years, are in school or graduated, and have not been convicted of certain crimes.

Those convicted of a felony offense and some other crimes are generally not eligible for the program.

It's unclear whether Garcia-Cisneros may be eligible for any other immigration benefits that could lead to relief from deportation. Immigration attorney Courtney Carter, who represents the teen, was not available for a comment.

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Federal authorities will detain Garcia-Cisneros in Tacoma while she awaits a hearing before an immigration judge. The judge will determine whether or not she will remain in custody during her immigration case, Munoz said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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