Young Girl Repatriated From Idaho to Mexican Father

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The Consulate of Mexico in Boise announced this afternoon that a young girl was repatriated to her father in Mexico earlier this week.

"The decision sets forth an important precedent for similar cases in Idaho," reads a statement from the consulate saying it agreed with an Idaho Supreme Court ruling that "assures that [parental rights] will continue to be in place, with no regards of their nationality and place of residence."

The high court handed down a ruling on April 25, stating that a lower court had erred in severing the Mexican father's parental rights. The Mexican, Jesus Ramirez, married an Idaho woman in 2007, but in 2008, the woman became pregnant and moved back to Idaho.

According to the consulate, the Idaho Supreme Court "also mentioned that the fact that a child may enjoy a higher standard of living in the United States than in the country where the child's parent resides is not a reason to terminate the parental rights of a foreign national who lives outside of the United States."