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Iraq Veteran's Illegal Alien Wife to Be Deported Friday

Iraq Veteran's Illegal Alien Wife to Be Deported Friday
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By    |   Thursday, 02 August 2018 11:10 PM

A woman whose husband served in the Marine Corps and later went to Iraq as a member of the National Guard is slated to be deported Friday because she is an illegal alien who came to the United States 21 years ago.

Alejandra Juarez and her husband Cuauhtemoc "Temo" Juarez have two daughters aged 9 and 16, both of whom were born in the U.S. But despite her husband's legal status and the fact he served in the military, Alejandra Juarez will be sent back to Mexico barring a last-minute order from President Donald Trump.

"I came here illegally. I'm ashamed of it. I know I did something wrong," she told NBC News. "I seriously thought that was the only exit out of a situation I was living in. I think that saved my life."

Juarez has a ticket on a flight that will leave Friday morning. NBC reported her attorney retrieved her passport from a local ICE office in Florida on Thursday.

According to Stars and Stripes, the family decided it would be best to send their 9-year-old daughter to Mexico as well. "Temo" Juarez — who became a naturalized U.S. citizen before he was deployed to Iraq — often travels to Mexico for his flooring business and will remain in the U.S. with the family's older daughter.

The couple's last hope could be a letter about their predicament they gave to Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., who then passed it to Trump himself when he visited Florida this week. There is still no word from the White House whether Trump read the letter or if he will block the deportment.

Juarez's situation, Stars and Stripes reported, dates back to when she first tried to enter the U.S. at age 18. She signed a piece of paper with border authorities that apparently prevented her from ever becoming a U.S. citizen. She was able to enter into the U.S. undetected a few days later and began her new life.

She was pulled over by the police in 2013, which exposed her illegal status to the authorities. ICE visited her a short time later and her case played out to where it is today.

"My family is very hurt by what is going on," she told Stars and Stripes. "I never thought in my worst nightmare that I'd be deported. I thought they would take my husband's service into account. Not for me — for him."

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