Updated 09/29/2011 06:22 PM
Gov't To Review Deportation Case Of Queens Family
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Two members of a Queens family who had been facing the threat of being deported to Bangladesh have been granted a temporary reprieve after appearing Thursday morning in a federal court.
The government says it will review the case of 19-year-old Nadia Habib and her mother.
"Obviously it's a rollercoaster. I'm just grateful to be able to stay here longer," said Habib. "I'm just gonna continue doing what I'm doing, living my life as I have, and just wait for an answer."
Lawyers for the women say because they are both law abiding residents there's a good chance their case will be deferred.
There's no word on when a final decision will be made.
The Habib family emigrated to the U.S. from Bangladesh in 1993, but Nadia's father blames shoddy lawyer work for not securing green cards for his daughter and wife.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as well as Congressmen Tim Bishop and Joseph Crowley have taken up the family's cause.
Those rallying outside Federal Plaza Thursday say this is an example of why the U.S. should review its current immigration laws.
The family's supporters are also urging Congress to pass the so called Dream Act.
It would give law abiding undocumented students who came to the U.S. as children conditional residency and put them on a path to citizenship.
"They are a working class family and they don't deserve this. No one deserves this," said Tania Mattos of the New York State Youth Leadership Council.
Nadia, who will celebrate her 20th birthday Friday, is currently in her junior year at Stony Brook.
She says she plans to head back to class Monday and resume her daily routine.
A spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement have not publicly discussed the matter over privacy concerns.