ROCHESTER, Minn. — A Rochester physician who left her Malaysian village as a teenager could be deported to her birth country as early as next week.

Dr. Guan Lee has built a life and a practice in Minnesota since entering the U.S. in 1992, but has lived in legal limbo.

Her attorney, Malee Ketelsen-Renner, says Lee received a letter from immigration authorities denying her citizenship application in 2009. The 41-year-old doctor has won a series of reprieves on deportation, which now appear to have run out.

The Post-Bulletin reports that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says Guan is out of options and must leave the country.

ICE spokesperson Shawn Neudauer says if Lee fails to comply with a removal order to leave the U.S., she will be listed as an ICE fugitive.


Information from: Post-Bulletin, http://www.postbulletin.com