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Maui mother facing deportation to Mexico granted reprieve

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    Tania Venegas, center, her son Edgard and lawyer Clare Hanusz, discuss her deportation case with reporters in Honolulu today. Venegas, who fears returning to Mexico because of an abusive ex-boyfriend there, turned herself in for deportation but was later released after posting a $5,000 bond while U.S. immigration officials consider her asylum case.

A Maui mother facing deportation to Mexico is getting a reprieve while U.S. immigration officials consider her asylum case.

Tania Venegas turned herself in to immigration officials in Honolulu today after receiving a notice ordering her to report for deportation.

Her lawyer Clare Hanusz says she negotiated for Venegas to be released on $5,000 bond. Hanusz is asking immigration officials to reconsider deporting Venegas. Hanusz is asking that Venegas be allowed to remain in the United States because she fears an abusive ex-boyfriend in Mexico.

Hanusz says Venegas has lived on Maui since 2006 after overstaying a visa. Her deportation case has been pending since 2008.

The mother of three U.S.-born children was released later today after her U.S. citizen sister arrived with a check to pay the bond.

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