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They were arrested during one of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's workplace raids four years ago. Wednesday, an immigration judge decided that a family in the U.S. illegally can stay in the valley.

The Figueroa's young daughter watched the raid on TV and the family is the subject of a new documentary film.

The little girl was just 9-years-old when her parents were arrested by the sheriff's office. She became the poster child for the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants facing deportation.

For the past few years, her parents have faced deportation, but Wednesday a federal immigration judge allowed them to stay in the U.S.  They can stay in the U.S. on work permits that they will have to renew every year.

Katherine Figueroa is now 13 and is getting ready to go to high school. Her parents came to this country 16 years ago.

During one of the sheriff's workplace raids at a car wash, they were arrested and ended up pleading guilty to state crimes.

Their story was featured in documentary called "Two Americans."

Katherine even traveled to Washington to testify before a congressional committee at age 10.

FOX 10 caught up with the family right after the ruling. The family was thrilled.

"I was happy. I was excited because I wanted to know and I am really thankful," said Katherine Figueroa.

"Of course I have a hope that we can stay, we can live right here with our kids. So that is our goal. Now we can do that," said Carlos Figueroa.

"That is her home. That is the only place she knows. So it is great for us."

Sheriff Joe Arpaio emphasized that the Figueroa's pleaded guilty to ID theft and forgery.

A statement from Arpaio reads in part: "If the Obama administration wishes to permit convicted felons who are legal residents of another country to take up residence in the United States, that is the US government's decision to make."

"Two Americans"
www.twoamericans.com
Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4U3g502mic

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