In a story that is raising debate around immigration laws, an Albanian wife and mother, and her three American-born children were to be deported today, reports the Detroit Free Press yesterday
Cile Precetaj of Troy, MI, the married mother of three was given 24 hours notice to appear at Detroit Metro Airport and be deported to Albania.
According to the family attorney, U.S. Immigration gave a 24 hour notice Monday morning. The notice instructed the married mother of three U.S. born children to arrive at the
McNamara terminal of the Detroit Metro Airport.
Her husband, Pete Gojcevic, said “we’re hoping for a miracle.”
New York immigration attorney Andrew Johnson said, “In my experience, I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve never seen them deport a female who has children. No one can believe this is actually occurring.”
U.S. ICE (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement) would not release a statement yesterday, when the 24 hour notice was given.
Ms. Precetaj was born in Albania in 1972 and fled to the U.S. in 2000. She testified that she fled to escape a criminal atmosphere in her home country, as well as an abusive fiancé. She testified that she was unable to freely go outside in Albania without fear of being kidnapped and sold into prostitution.
Ms. Precetaj entered the U.S. via Canada illegally at the Port Huron border. She sought asylum at that border and turned herself over to authorities at that time.
It appears she was able to live in the U.S. illegally after that point, and she got married and had there children. Ms. Precetaj supports herself and her family working in the restaurant business.
It appears her asylum case from 2000 is now being resolved with a deportation notice from a judge. The judge stated Ms. Precetaj is not eligible for political asylum because, “young, attractive women are not a social group for asylum.”
Ms. Precetaj has been under supervision by Department of Homeland Security.
Yesterday she got the news she has 24 hours to appear for deportation. He husband, Mr. Gojcevic, emigrated legally from Yugoslavia 40 years ago. Both the husband and three children are in shock and as expected, tears are flowing in the household.
The three U.S. born children have stirred debate, as many in the immigration debate believe if a woman has an “anchor baby” she is guaranteed the ability to reside in the U.S.
The family has decided that since Mr. Gojcevic is a cook who cannot afford to raise the three children on his own, the three children are leaving as well. Ms. Precetaj plans to live with parents in a village in Albania. The children, ages 11, 6, and 4, have been pulled out of school and are waiting to find out their fate.
UPDATE: Ms. Precetaj was supposed to be deported today. She and her husband decided she will refuse to turn herself in at the Detroit Metro Airport, and would rather force ICE to come pick her up at the house, to “show the world the hardened criminals” the agency is going after. The family reports they had a sleepless night and day with much crying. ICE spokesman Khalid Walid said today, “ICE is presently conducting a review of her case, therefore her removal is not imminent at this time.”
A very grateful Ms. Precetaj broke down crying at the news. Her lawyer is still fighting the case.