A mother of three in Michigan has refused her deportation order after reportedly getting one day of notice that she had to leave the country.
Mail Online reports that immigration officials gave 40-year-old Cile Precetaj 24 hours to leave the country despite having no criminal convictions, a husband who has lived here for decades and three U.S.-born children.
The 40-year-old Precetaj came to the U.S. through Canada back in 2000, amid fears that if she stayed in Albania she would be kidnapped and sold into prostitution. She immediately turned herself in and sought asylum.
While in the U.S., she got married to a man who was born in Yugoslavia but moved here 40 years ago. The couple have three kids who are now 11, 6 and 4 years old and are all United States citizens.
Precetaj’s case for political asylum was rejected after a judge said her testimony about fearing the prostitution trade lacked credibility. He said even if her concerns were warranted “young, attractive women are not a social group for asylum,” according to Mail Online. When she lost her appeal, a deportation order was given.
“There is a level of insanity in this case,” Precetaj’s attorney Andrew Johnson told the newspaper as he continues the effort to allow her to stay with her husband and children. “Someone is not doing what is ordinarily done. There is an abuse of power.”
WXYZ reached out to a representative from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and was given the following statement:
ICE is presently conducting a review of Ms. Precetaj’s case, therefore her removal is not imminent at this time.
It’s estimated that around half of a million people are living in the U.S. with a deportation order, but U.S. Immigrations Customs and Enforcement only acts on a portion of cases, and the Obama administration specifically said targeting people with criminal convictions was the priority.