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Hundreds of immigrants have been deported, despite President Biden’s campaign pledge to halt the illegal removal of people from the U.S. 

A suspension was placed on one of Biden’s early executive orders regarding a 100 day moratorium on deportations until an enforcement review could be done. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was not required to schedule the deportations under the ruling. 

ICE has deported hundreds to at least three different countries in the past few days. On Jan. 28, 15 people were sent to Jamaica, and 269 people were sent to Guatemala and Honduras on Jan. 29.

One of the women deported on Jan. 29 was a witness to the massacre at the El Paso Walmart in 2019. That day, 46 people were shot and 23 died. 

Fox 26 Houston was able to speak with the witness named Rosa, withholding her last name for safety precautions. 

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Rosa met with the local district attorney, and agreed to work with law enforcement agents to be a witness against the gunman, but it was not enough to keep her from being deported. 

She was pulled over for a broken tail light on Jan. 27 and was detained based on previous traffic warrants. She was then transferred to ICE immediately, and deported back to Juarez, Mexico before she could speak to her attorney.

Rosa told Fox 26 Houston that she is scared, lonely and lost back in Mexico. ​”I was in the United States since I was little. I don’t know where I am right now,” Rosa said.

“I’m kind of in shock, depression. I don’t want to get up every morning anymore. I don’t know where I am because all I know was my life back there. Like, that’s all I know. Now I’m like, I’m lost. I don’t know what to do. I don’t know why I’m still here. It’s kind of hard for me.” 

Rosa is working with an attorney and non-profit Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services to get her documents filed and expedited, in order to get back to the U.S. in time to testify at the trial.

Written ByHaley Weger

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