This Mother Of Two Is Now Facing Deportation After Rolling Through A Stop Sign
She is facing deportation to New Zealand, a country she said she has no memory of, and separation from her children.
June 29, 2018 at 8:52 pm
A New York woman and mother of two is facing possible deportation following a traffic stop.
According to Times Union, on May 29, Dalila Yeend was taking her children to dinner when she rolled a stop sign. Her simple mistake may cost her much more than a fine. She is facing deportation to New Zealand, a country she said she has no memory of, and separation from her children.
The 35-year-old came to America with her mother 18 years ago at 17. At the time, her mother's form listed her as a dependent. However, upon turning 18, she would need an application to gain citizenship. She got married and had two children, but she also tried multiple times to obtain citizenship.
According to her attorney, she made a green card application, working with an attorney doing pro bono work from Buffalo. In the middle of the process, that attorney decided to stop practicing in that court, and Yeend was once again left adrift.
Yeend was unable to afford an attorney when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement notified her of being deported in 2015. She had sole custody of the children after an incident of domestic violence and feared her deportation would leave her children with her allegedly abusive husband.
She has an 11-year-old daughter and nine-year-old son with special needs.
When Yeend was pulled over for rolling the stop sign, she was reportedly arrested her and charged with driving without a license. At first, she was held overnight in city lockup. In the morning, a judge released her on her recognizance, but police held onto her for about another hour, she said, just long enough for an ICE agent to pick her up.
She has been sitting in a federal detention center for a month. Now, she fears deportation without even getting a hearing. Although she is Australian born, she'll be sent to New Zealand if deported because that's the passport her mother used to bring her to the United States.
“I don’t have any memory of New Zealand,” she said. “I’ve been in America longer than I was there.”
Yeend says her primary concern is that wherever she goes, she be with her kids.