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Mother Released From Jail To Fight Cancer Faces Challenge

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Phoenix, AZ-A Phoenix woman who was released from jail after her emotional plea to get out to fight breast cancer is home recovering from a life-saving surgery with her family.

However, she now faces a new challenge.

Ruth Alvarez, an undocumented immigrant, was in jail facing charges for using a false I.D. to get work.

She struck a rare plea deal to reduce her charge from a felony to a misdemeanor, which freed her from the county jail in time for her life-saving mastectomy.

Now she says her freedom has limits, the county will not jail her, immigration is not deporting her, and she can stay in the U.S., but she can't work.

Alvarez wants to work to be able to send her daughter to college and take care of her 4-year-old American born son.

"To go through breast cancer is already hard. It’s so hard-go through treatments, see how your whole body, your whole life can change," Alvarez said. "So many people, we've got to go through this because we don't have any options. We still got families. We still got to take care, we still got to work. We are only asking for one opportunity, to work."

She says she came to the United States for a better life.

Alvarez's husband of four years is an American citizen; she says that under new immigration rules, she's trying to apply to become a U.S. citizen through him.

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