Christian Convert Awaits Immigration Status

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Rifqa Bary, the Ohio teen who ran away from her Muslim family after converting to Christianity, faces another court hearing Thursday.

An Ohio juvenile court judge will decide whether to grant special immigration status to 17-year-old Bary, an undocumented immigrant from Sri Lanka.

Bary is battling uterine cancer and wants to stay in the U.S. to complete treatment.

In a related matter, Bary's parents requested that a judge force their daughter to undergo more chemotherapy to prevent a recurrence of the cancer. A juvenile judge ruled against their request.

"The parents are feeling helpless," said Omar Tarazi, an attorney for Bary's parents. "They feel like this is such a critical issue that it be in writing."

Bary will remain in foster care in state custody until she turns 18 next week.

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