Coral Springs Woman Arrested, Facing Deportation After Paying Traffic Ticket
|courtesy of Caitlin Baggott|
|Andrea Huerfano, on the left, with a flower in her hair.|
Andrea Huerfano, who graduated from FSU in 2008 with an international studies degree and now lives in Coral Springs, moved to the United States with her family in 2001. Now it seems like she is caught in some sort of immigration limbo.
Her father, who handled the paperwork, was seeking political asylum. He passed away in 2005, however, and the family was left in an awkward situation. Andrea's mother, who also lives in Coral Springs, got remarried to an American citizen. This granted citizenship to both Andrea's mother and to her younger brother. But Andrea, who was over 18, was left in a gray area.
|Broward Transitional Center in Pompano Beach|
Apparently Andrea ran a red light in October. When she appeared in court to pay a traffic ticket earlier this week, says a local friend, she was immediately detained, and the deporation process began.
After FSU, Andrea received a fellowship from Politicorps, part of the Bus Project. After that, she worked on a get-out-the-vote campaign in Ohio before the 2008 election. While living in Coral Springs, Andrea has been applying for graduate schools and working with local immigration-reform groups. Instead of a profile picture on Facebook, Andrea has an image of the DreamAct 2009 political button.