DENVER — A mother of three who had been living with her family in Colorado was deported to Mexico on Saturday, her attorney James Lamb said.
Her family, attorneys and advocacy groups called on Colorado lawmakers to intervene before she was sent to Mexico.
Ilse Cristinia Rodriguez-Sagarnaga came to the U.S. illegally with her family when she was 5 years old.
She’s now 30 with a husband and three girls, all younger than 4 years old.
She was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers Wednesday after her request for a temporary stay was denied.
On Friday morning, she was moved from Colorado to a holding center in Arizona. Lamb, said she would go from there to Mexico unless someone could stop the deportation.
Efforts to stop it didn’t work and she was sent to Mexico.
Rodriguez-Sagarnaga was able to unite with an aunt in Juarez, just over the border from El Paso, Texas, when she arrived in Mexico.
“Cristina will now suffer the consequences of a choice that was not hers, to come to this country at a young age. And her children are now going to suffer those same consequences,” Lamb said.
Rodriguez-Sagarnaga has three misdemeanors on her record. Lamb said the charges stem from a case involving an abusive ex-partner.
A judge ordered her to leave the U.S. She was granted a temporary stay, but it expired and her request for another temporary stay was denied.
“As a mother, her heart is broken. As someone who believes in this country, her heart is broken. But I know Cristina. She is an amazingly strong woman,” said Gabriela Flora with American Friends Service Committee.
A spokesman with ICE would not talk about Rodriguez-Sagarnaga’s case but repeated a statement that pointed out her criminal record and that she was ordered to leave four years ago.
Rodriguez-Sagarnaga’s children are U.S. citizens and will continue to live in the U.S.
Lamb said the decision to keep them here is based on Rodriguez-Sagarnaga’s lack of a support system in Mexico as well as better opportunities for the children in the U.S.
“This is a very hard time for her, and she is doing the best she can under the circumstances,” he said.