Johnston Woman Detained By Immigration Officials Seeks Stay Of Deportation

Jan 30, 2018

A Johnston woman faces deportation even though her attorney said she has no criminal record.

Lilian Calderon Gordillo was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement – or ICE – and has been held in a Massachusetts facility for two weeks. Gordillo is a Guatemalan native, brought to this country at age three, she is now in her thirties.

Her lawyer, Martin Harris, said he’s requesting a stay of her deportation proceedings.

"ICE is also being asked to consider alternate means," said Harris, "to not detain her, to put her on a bracelet, to put her under an order of supervision or electronic monitoring, as opposed to having her detained and incarcerated while her husband and two children are left hanging during this whole process."

Gordillo’s husband is a U.S. citizen, and both of her children were born in the U.S.

Gordillo had applied for protected status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival Act in 2016 but was denied under a controversial 2017 memorandum prohibiting new applicants to the program. 

When reached for comment, an ICE official confirmed that Gordillo was in ICE custody and provided the following response:

"With respect to all recent enforcement actions, all of those who have been targeted for arrest were targeted based on previously issued orders of removal by a federal immigration judge. The individuals targeted had previously ignored the aforementioned removal orders and will now be held in ICE custody pending removal.

As ICE Deputy Director Thomas Homan has made clear, ICE does not exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States."

Gordillo has a GoFundMe page to support her legal defense that has surpassed it's initial goal of $5,000.