Rocio Rebollar Gomez, whose immigration case has attracted international attention partly because her son is a 2nd. Lt in the US Army, sat at the curb at the El Chapparal port of entry in Mexico after being deported with only her passport, cell phone and the clothes on her back.on Thursday January 2, 2020. (San Diego Union-Tribune/John Gibbins)

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.

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Rocio Rebollar Gomez hugs her 30-year-old son 2nd Lt. Gibram Cruz after he arrived at San Diego International Airport on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2019. (John Gibbins/The San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)

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.

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Construction crews erect new border wall along the U.S.–Mexico border near Yuma, Arizona, August 20, 2019 (Customs and Border Patrol photo/Glenn Fawcett)

A federal judge in El Paso has issued a nationwide injunction against the Trump administration's use of military construction funds to build a border wall.

U.S. District Judge David Briones said in a memorandum filed Tuesday that funds appropriated by Congress to the Department of Defense for construction projects can't be diverted to build a border wall.

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Soldiers deploy concertina wire in a location along the Southwest border of the United States near Hidalgo, Texas. U.S. Army North is deployed to the southwest border under the authority of U.S. Northern Command to support the Department of Homeland Security and the Customs and Border Protection's mission to secure the border. (U.S. Customs and Border Patrol)

The Defense Department's Inspector General's Office has launched an "evaluation" of the deployment of active-duty and National Guard troops to the southern border, a news release said Tuesday.

"We will examine, among other issues, what they are doing at the border, what training they received, and whether their use complied with applicable law, DoD policy, and operating guidance," said Glenn Fine, the principal deputy inspector general performing the duties of the inspector general, in the release.

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BAVISPE, Mexico (Reuters) - Angry kin of nine American citizens massacred in a suspected gangland ambush in northern Mexico urged the government to accept U.S. help to destroy drug cartels that one grieving relative described as being "as bad or worse than ISIS."

Funerals of the three mothers and six children began to be held in Mexico on Thursday after the government said they were caught in the crossfire of a territorial feud between the Juarez Cartel and its rival the Sinaloa Cartel on Monday.

The victims belonged to three families of dual U.S.-Mexican citizenship born to breakaway Mormon communities founded in the north of Mexico several decades ago, and mourners came from thousands of miles to pay their last respects.

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BAVISPE, Mexico (Reuters) - The nine American women and children killed in northern Mexico were victims of a territorial dispute between an arm of the Sinaloa Cartel and a rival gang, officials said on Wednesday, and may have been used to lure one side into a firefight.

Members of breakaway Mormon communities that settled in Mexico decades ago, the three families were ambushed as they drove along a dirt track in Sonora state, leading to U.S. President Donald Trump urging Mexico and the United States to "wage war' together on the drug cartels.

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