Mother trying to report her marriage to U.S. citizen to get citizenship detained for deportation by ICEBy Emily Lewis 8:16 AM January 28, 2018
A mother who has been in the United States since she was a child is being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Lilian Gordillo of Rhode Island married her husband Luis 2 years ago and they have 2 children together.
The couple’s children, 4-year-old Nattalie and 1-year-old Noa, are American citizens.
Gordillo, who came from Mexico when he was a child, became an American citizen shortly after graduating from Mount Pleasant High School Rhode Island, where his wife was also a student.
Lilian came from Guatemala to the United States with her family when she was 3 years old but she was unable to get her citizenship.
After the two met, Luis wanted to sponsor his wife so that she can get citizenship. They got married 2 years ago and now decided to verify their marriage with immigration authorities so Lilian can get citizenship.
However, things didn’t go as planned. Luis said that while being interviewed by authorities, Lilian was arrested and is being held at the Suffolk Correctional facility in Boston, Massachusetts.
Luis said that he and his children miss her very much, and when the children ask about their mother, he tells them that she is at work.
A GoFundMe account was set up to help with her legal fees already raised $6,100 of their $7,500 goal in just 3 days.