Illegal immigrant featured at DNC originally slated for deportation by Obama administration

by Jordyn Pair · Aug 21st, 2020 11:19 am

Last Updated Aug 21st, 2020 at 9:01 pm

The illegal immigrant mother who was highlighted at the Democratic National Convention this week as an example of cruelty in President Trump's deportation policies was originally flagged for deportation by both the Clinton and Obama administrations.

Alejandra Juarez was featured in a video that also included her 11-year-old daughter Estela reading a letter to Trump about her family's situation.

Juarez first illegally entered the U.S. in 1998, but was caught at the border and deported back to Mexico. She then re-entered the U.S., where she lived until she was flagged by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after a 2013 traffic stop.

The Homeland Security Department, operating under the Obama administration, reinstated her 1998 deportation order. She was deported by Homeland Security under the Trump administration in 2018.

"It wasn't Trump that went out and found this woman. It was Biden," said Andrew "Art" Arthur, a former immigration judge who now is a senior fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies.

Juarez was considered a low-priority deportation cases under the Obama administration, which required her to check in twice a year and typically went after higher-priority targets like those with criminal records.

Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy ordered her to go back to Mexico. Juarez chose to "self-deport" and to return to Mexico herself rather than be detained.

? Despite being married to a U.S. citizen, Juarez said in a June blog post she was not allowed to stay in the country because of an immigration law signed during the Clinton administration.


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