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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 10:50am

Illegal Teens Allowed To Stay

Federal officials confirm that two teenagers who entered the country illegally as children and were facing deportation proceedings have been freed.

Homeland Security Department officials say 19-year-old Pedro Morales of Dalton and 18-year-old Luis Hernandez of Calhoun have been released from the Stewart Detention Center in south Georgia and their cases were dismissed.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Charles Kuck, the teens' attorney, says Immigration and Customs Enforcement has dropped efforts to deport the two to Mexico after he argued they met some of the criteria in new federal guidelines.

Kuck says both were brought to Georgia as young children, educated in the U.S. and have not committed crimes other than being in the country illegally.

Kuck says they were arrested last summer during traffic stops in Whitfield County.

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