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Immigration case reopened for mother facing deportation

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A Norwalk mother facing imminent deportation learned Tuesday that authorities reopened her case, allowing her to stay in the United States for at least a little while longer.

Jung Courville, originally from South Korea, said she and her family were thrilled to hear the news from her attorney.

"My babies are here," she said "Where am I going? What am I doing there? My boys are here. I can't live there."

"I don't know what I would do without her, because she feeds me, and she gets everything for me," added her son, Richard Courville.

Local and state leaders attended a vigil held for her last Monday at St. Jerome Church in Norwalk. Mayor Harry Rilling and Sen. Richard Blumenthal came out to show their support.

Immigration officials previously told Courville to buy a one-way ticket back to South Korea at the end of this month and leave the country by next month.

But her New Haven-based attorney Sung Hwang said he filed a motion arguing that she didn't receive notice of a hearing, and now she may be able to remain permanently through her marriage and get a green card.

Courville has lived in the U.S. for 18 years and has been married for 14.

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