A Michigan woman who came into the United States illegally in 2000 and since married and has three U.S- born children will be able to stay in the country for at least another year. She was initially given one day of notice that she had to leave the U.S., but she defied the deportation order and stayed home.
Mail Online reports that 41-year-old Cile Precetaj got a call from authorities Friday afternoon telling her to report to the immigration office in Detroit for the removal of her tether. While there, she received a letter that indicated her stay of removal request had been granted for a year.
Once her time is up, her lawyer will file another stay of removal request, and repeat the process every year, which means her ordeal is likely over so long as she complies with the government’s conditions and follows the law, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Precetaj reportedly has no criminal record and has paid taxes for various restaurant jobs she’s held over the years.
“I am very happy,” Precetaj said. “This is good news. All I want is to stay here and raise my kids and have a normal life.”
A few days ago, it was reported that 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 4, 6 and 11 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. When she lost her appeal, a deportation order was given.