After two decades in the United States, Alejandra Juarez, mother and wife of a Marine Corps veteran has been deported to Mexico.
The media captured an emotional scene as the mother prepared to board a plane to her native country.
“My mom is a good person and she's not a criminal," 16-year-old Pamela said through tears, according to NBC News. Estela, 9, will eventually join her mother in Mexico because her father’s flooring business causes him to travel frequently.
"I don’t really want to go to Mexico but I know I need to because I’m too young and also I want to go for my mom … because I don’t want her to be lonely,” Estela said. “I know my mom made a mistake and it was wrong, but he said he was going to deport criminals. My mom is not a criminal. She is a military spouse and a mom of two kids.”
Juarez entered the United States twenty years ago to escape violence in her home country. According to The Orlando Sentinel, she was caught by agents and inadvertently signed papers to avoid six months in a detention center if she returned to Mexico. The papers actually barred her from legally seeking citizenship or permanent residence. She eventually got back into the U.S. without being caught.
Her undocumented status was uncovered in 2013 during a traffic stop, but she was released on order of supervision by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Under the Obama administration, Juarez was required to check in with ICE twice a year and placed on a low priority list for deportation.
This changed when Trump took office and began enforcing his zero-tolerance immigration policy.
Cuauhtemoc “Temo” Juarez, her husband, voted for Trump and while he is sad, he says he understands because she “violated our law.”
His wife is more critical.
“I love this country. This country has given me great things because we have worked hard. But the America we are living in now is getting full of hate,” Juarez said.
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