1. immigration controversy

    Deported Girl Allowed to Return to France

    Leonarda Dibrani, 15, who was expelled from France the previous week, speaks to media  in Kosovo's northern town of Mitrovica on Friday, Oct 18, 2013. Under fire from the far left and members of his own party, Socialist President Francois Hollande said Saturday that the  girl ,who was detained in front of her classmates and deported, can return to France. But the rest of the family cannot come with her. Leonarda  said she would not return without her family. (AP Photo/STR)


    The 15-year-old girl whose deportation from France caused mass student protests—and put President Francois Hollande under fire from far left groups, as well as his own Socialist party—has been allowed to return to France, but without her family. Leonarda Dibrani was taken by police as she got off a school bus while on a trip with classmates and detained. Dibrani, however, says that she will not return to France without her family, who are Gypsies. A government report published on Saturday ruled that the police followed the law in deporting the Dibrani family back to Kosovo, but that the matter was handled insensitively. 

    Read it at Houston Chronicle