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She prayed for a miracle for the past 30 days as media attention around her case escalated. But in the end, the mother of a U.S. Army intelligence officer was deported on Thursday to Tijuana.
The removal, based on previous deportations, had been scheduled for about a month, when her requests to be allowed to stay in the United States were denied. Despite that, Rocio Rebollar Gomez, 51, held out hope until the very last moment that the federal government would show her mercy and allow her to remain with her family.
Hyebin Schreiber is getting ready to leave the country she loves — the one her father, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, fought for for 27 years.
The 22-year-old from Lansing, Kan., doesn't want to self-deport. Adopted from troubled relatives in South Korea in 2014, she now possesses a legal Kansas birth certificate.
This is her home.
But for five years, she and her parents, Lt. Col. Patrick Schreiber and his wife, Soo Jin Schreiber, have been in pitched court battles with the U.S. government, which claims that as the result of a regrettable immigration SNAFU, the young woman must go back to South Korea.
Army 2nd Lt. Gibram Cruz was among the many service members who traveled home over the last couple of weeks, but he had more in mind than celebrating the holidays.
"I'm here essentially to say goodbye to my mom," 2nd Lt. Gibram Cruz, an Army intelligence officer, told the San Diego Union-Tribune.
A soldier was convicted in federal court of conspiring to commit marriage fraud and making a false statement in an immigration matter, a U.S. attorney said.
Edward Kumi Anguah, a sergeant who lives in Fayetteville, was found guilty after a two-day trial before Chief United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle, according to a statement released Thursday by U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon Jr. Anguah faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, the statement said.
Raul Rodriguez had worked for U.S. Customs for 18 years when internal investigators confronted him last year with a document he had never seen before: His Mexican birth certificate.
Rodriguez, 51, a customs officer in Texas' Rio Grande Valley, felt the blood drain from his face. He had lived in the United States as long as he could remember and had no idea he was actually born across the border in Matamoros, Mexico.
"It was my worst fear," he said Friday in an interview at his San Benito home.
The city of Grand Rapids, Michigan will pay $190,000 to a Marine veteran who was arrested by police and wrongfully turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.
The Grand Rapids City Commission approved the settlement Tuesday for Jilmar Ramos-Gomez, 28, who was born and raised in Michigan.