Rifqa’s parents had until noon on Friday, 10/23/09 to submit passports and immigration paperwork to Judge Dawson in Florida. Because juvenile court records are not public, it is currently unclear whether her parents complied with this request.
There are several possible scenarios with this issue.
1. The parents comply and turn over the documentation that proves they are in the U.S. legally. Rifqa would then be sent to a foster care facility in Ohio.
2. The parents can’t comply because they are illegaly in the U.S. but submit whatever they have. Judge Dawson could send Rifqa back to Ohio even with incomplete documentation.
3. The parents can’t comply because they are illegaly in the U.S. Judge Dawson could decide that Rifqa won’t leave Florida until her immigration status is worked out.
4. The parents can’t comply because they are illegaly in the U.S. The DHS or INS could decide to deport the entire family to Sri Lanka.
Rifqa should be allowed to apply for amnesty. Contact Governor Crist and plead with him to keep Rifqa in Florida. Contact information is on the ‘How To Help‘ tab.