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Mother of Iraqi war vet deported, vet fights on appeal

A registered nurse out West lived as a legal resident in the United States for 25 years. She earned a nursing degree and worked under an employment based visa "for many years." She married an American citizen and raised a family. Her son, an American citizen, joined the military and served his country in Iraq. She always planned to become a U.S. Citizen.

The things took a turn. The woman's marriage fell apart. Her work visa expired. The registered nurse received a letter in March from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The letter "was devastating," she says. "It was terrible news."

The woman was deported in April to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, the most violent city in Mexico. Each day she fears for her life. On Mother's Day, she witnessed a murder.

The woman's Iraq War veteran son has hired an immigration attorney to appeal her deportation. The U.S. Marine, who served his country in armed conflict, is now fighting against his country in immigration court. The family did not have an attorney at the time of the initial deportation; the woman who had lived as a legal resident in the U.S. for more than two decades did not contest deportation. She took a voluntary return.

Now it will be up to the courts in her immigration appeal as to whether she will be allowed to return to the country. Miami immigration attorneys know that like any proceeding in immigration court, the appeal could take some time. The woman told 9News a Colorado television station, "My children need me, my family needs me." Her son says "People like her are exactly what this country needs."

Source: 9News, "Veteran fights mother's deportation," Will Ripley 31 May 2011

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