Mexican woman can stay in Canada — for now

Tina Tenneriello/CJAD

A federal court has ruled a Mexican woman with no legal status in Canada can remain in this country for at least another month.

Ivonne Hernandez has a court hearing scheduled for March 6, to regain custody of her young son.

Hernandez was to have been sent back to Mexico on Friday. She applied unsuccessfully for refugee status in Canada in 2009, claiming she was the victim of domestic abuse. She claims she had tried to get away from her abuser in four different Mexican states before coming to Canada.

Since she came here, Hernandez married a Canadian citizen and had a child with him. But she made a claim of domestic abuse against him as well, and sought help from a woman's shelter.

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