A US Army officer 2nd Lt. Gibram Cruz mother has been deported to Mexico by the US authority, an action that has bittered the mouth of the US serving military officer after series of appeal to let his mother stay for her children.
“I feel betrayed, to be honest. A country that I’m serving, which I’ve served proudly… These policies that are put in place to keep my family safe have let me severely down.” Gibram Cruz told CNN affiliate KSWB.
Gibram Cruz and his other family member had been working extremely hard to convince US authorities to let his mother, Rocio Rebollar Gomez, stay back with them including applying to a program that protects relatives of serving US military members from deportation, but the application was turned down, a family member confirmed.
The case became a national issue last month after the US Army officer Gibram Cruz flew home for the holidays and told the San Diego Union-Tribune he’s afraid it might be the last Christmas they will spend together as going to visit her in Mexico will not be possible following strict military restrictions.
Rebollar Gomez deportation on Thursday to Mexico was confirmed by immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies, after revealing that she had been deported more than once and she returned, ”now a judge ordered her removal.”
Coming back to the United States of America after a person had been deported is a felony under federal law, the agency noted through a spokesperson said.
“The prioritization of immigration fugitives since the inception of ICE emphasizes their arrest and removal because they deliberately ignored a federal judge’s order. Intentionally failing to carry out final orders of removal is negligence and undermines the entire framework of immigration enforcement, as established by Congress, and renders federal law useless,” said ICE spokeswoman Paige D. Hughes.
Gibram Cruz mother, Rebollar Gomez lived in San Diego for more than 30 years, a family member revealed. She was deported in three different occasions in the past. In each of the time, she came back to the US to be with her children.
“Yes, she has a deportation record, but she came back for us. Everything that she’s done is for us to keep us here, to give us an opportunity. She’s the heart of our family. She’s taught us everything we know,” daughter Karla Cruz said.
The family members held a press conference outside the ICE office with Rebollar Gomez going for check-in on Thursday. For the last time they asked officials to block her deportation, waving signs that read, “Don’t separate our family” and “Military moms deserve to stay.”
Soon after the press conference, they got a call that she has been deported, and there was no more words from Gibram Cruz.