ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A children's author deported last Christmas to her native Mexico will be allowed to return, at least temporarily.
Blanca Echeverri has been granted an extended tourist visa from the U.S. State Department. She will be allowed to stay in the United States for up to one year while a bill written on her behalf makes its way through Congress.
The extended visa was secured through Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski.
Echeverri's husband Alvaro, a resident alien originally from Colombia, moved to Anchorage in 1988.
For 11 years, she used six-month tourist visas to remain in Alaska. The couple had two sons born in the United States.
Echevarri wrote and illustrated a children's story in Spanish and English and started a Spanish reading program for children at the Loussac Library.
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