Mexico-Born Kids Can Stay in N.Y., Judge Rules

, New York Law Journal

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Eastern District Judge Sterling Johnson Jr. accepted two exceptions offered by the mother to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction - that the two children were "well settled" in Brooklyn, and that the older child, a 15-year-old girl, was mature enough to make her own decision about where she wanted to live.

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  • Granted, it seems counterintuitive to reward a mother, here illegally, who chose to make her 3 children illegal as well, by letting everybody stay. I wish I knew whether mom's option was is to return (or stay) in Mexico, where the domestic violence against her, and perhaps her children, may have continued, perhaps without sanction. I am also troubled that a judge empowered a 15-year-old to call the shots for herself and her little brother, and make a conscious "mature" decision to break the laws of the United States by remaining here illegally. In any event, I am willing to bet that the father will not meet his obligation to financially support his family, however "desperate" he is for reunification.

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