Filipino couple faces imminent deportation, separation from Japan-born daughter 魚拓
Mom faces deportation in Florida
TAVARAS, Fla., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Immigrant advocates say police in Florida responding to a domestic violence call arrested an alleged illegal immigrant instead of dealing with the abuse.
Rita Cote, 23, was transferred to federal custody Tuesday, a week after her arrest in Tavares, Fla., The Orlando Sentinel reported. Cote, a Honduran national, is married to a U.S. citizen and has three children who were born in the United States.魚拓
The case has reignited the debate over illegal immigration in the region.
Civil-liberties and immigration advocates decried the arrest as a misuse of police authority that broke apart a family, while others say she and her husband brought the situation on themselves.
Lawyer: Similar cases
These incidents are not uncommon because the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency stepped up enforcement and started collaborating with police departments, said Gail Seeram, an immigration attorney in west Orlando.魚拓
ACLU Crying Foul In Immigration Case
Thursday, February 26, 2009 魚拓
Advocates object to immigration arrest 魚拓
Immigrant college grads in legal limbo can't get jobs魚拓