Tears flowed down family members’ faces on Sunday.
Flor Martinez, Marinela’s Sister, says, “The little one, he’s all the time asking for his mom. It’s too hard to see that. At the night, they want their mommy back.”
Less than 24 hours after an NBC4 story aired, Marinela Martinez-Magana got results.
Nery Diaz, Marinela’s Partner, explains, “It seems like a miracle to me. When I wake up at 7 o’clock in the morning, she called me to pick her up.”
Marinela Martinez-Magana was sitting in a Morrow County Detention Center awaiting deportation. Now she sits with her family.
Marinela Martinez-Magana spoke with NBC4. Her words were translated by Taylor Tremont. Martinez-Magana says, “The only important thing for me is to be with my family. I don’t care if I have official residency. I just want to be with them until they are old enough to take care of themselves.”
Marinela is considered a low risk, undocumented immigrant. She has been in the US more than ten years, has three children who are US citizens, and has no criminal history. These are factors that qualify her for prosecutorial discretion. This is a policy that could grant her a temporary one year stay with her family.
Nery Diaz explains, “This is a country that always talks about strong families. But, they are destroying the families.”
Right now, the federal government has granted Marinela a temporary two month stay.
Fatin Askar, Marinela’s Attorney, says, ” Our fight is not over. I still have to file a formal application for stay. We are hoping DHS will follow its own policy and grant her prosecutorial discretion.”
But it is a fight that will continue with her family by her side.
Fatin Askar adds, “You know NBC4 helped us out tremendously. They [Department of Homeland Security] know they can’t just deport people like Marinela, who are not criminals, and get away with doing this- not following their own policy.”