No Goodbay Kiss: Michigan Mom Deported to Albania
MICHIGAN – May 23, 2018
Ms. Precetaj has lived in the USA for 18 years. The first time the judge wanted to expel her from the country was in 2005. But she managed to appeal, and the decision was postponed.
In June 2005, Ms. Precetaj, an unlawfully present national of Albania, was ordered removed from the United States by a federal immigration judge, ICE has stated, noticing her multiple failed appeals.
For more than a decade between 2007 and 2018, ICE allowed Ms. Precetaj to remain free from custody while exhausting all of her legal options for relief. On April 26th, Ms. Precetaj fled a stay with the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. She will remain in ICE custody pending the outcome of her immigration case.
Last week, the 6th Circuit denied her stay, though she has another appeal pending.
In Precetaj's application for asylum, she claimed that she feared for her life in Albania and that her family was threatened continuously by criminal groups that sought to kidnap her and make her a prostitute. She also has expressed fears about an abusive husband she left behind in Albania.
ICE spokesman Khallid Walls said that the family was notified ten days in advance of her impending departure. But the family maintains they were never given a deportation date, nor any definitive information about if or when she might be deported.
Her three children, ages 8, 10, and 16, stayed with their father. Meanwhile, ICE stressed that it had the legal standing required to remove Precetaj from the USA and that it allowed her to remain in the U.S. to pursue all of her legal options before being deported.