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Jennifer Galdames: Home Country and Guatemala Years

jennifer galdames: Jennifer's mother was permitted to voluntarily return to Guatemala with Jennifer's 8-year-old sister, according to Metro News. Her biological father was killed in Guatemala years earlier due to the violence that has sent many fleeing north. Jennifer Galdames was a year and a half from graduating high school when her stepfather and mother were detained in October while dropping off her sister at school, the Des Moines Register reported . Jennifer's stepfather was detained for deportation to his home country of Mexico. Jennifer applied for legal residency by seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. So Des Moines Schools Superintendent Tom Ahart and his wife, Jami Bassman Ahart, offered to take her in and serve as her temporary legal guardians so she can complete her high school degree. Her mother planned to send her to a relative in New Jersey, but Jennifer didn't want to leave Iowa. ( As reported in the news.