According to Mormon Women for Ethical Government said Isabel’s flight was re-routed to Orlando. Advocates and attorneys now have about six more hours to seek an extension. The group says they are working all day with the family and local attorneys to “leave no stone unturned”.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – It was a phone call that Isabel will long remember.
Early Thursday morning she was told her last appeal to fight off deportation was denied.
She was told to be at the Salt Lake International Airport for an 11 a.m. flight back to Colombia.
Isabel did not board that flight because a discrepancy was found between her drivers’ license and her passport name, so she had to get another ticket for an 11:00 p.m. Thursday.
“Isabel was obviously deeply disappointed by the news,” said her friend Sharlee Mullins-Glenn.
Mullins-Glenn is also a member of Mormon Women for Ethical Government. Her group joined members of Salt Lake Indivisible and Salt Lake Action to bring light to the deportations occurring under the Trump administration.
Isabel, whose real name isn’t being released, lived in Utah for nearly twenty years and even had a son born in the U.S. Her son who has a disability was left behind and will now be living with his grandmother and other family members.
“We shed tears together but she said I know every thing’s going to be okay,” Mullins-Glenn recalled their final conversation at the airport. “I know that God is going to watch over me.”
Many of Utah’s undocumented are facing the same situation now that President Trump has issued a tougher stand on immigration. Under the Obama administration, the undocumented checked in with immigration and were given extensions as long as they didn’t break the law.
According to her friend, Isabel was told in March no more extensions.
“They told her this: ‘our priorities have changed, our priorities have shifted,” said Mullins-Glenn.
Advocates who showed up to show support said Isabel lost the battle to stay in the U.S. but they claim their war against deportations needs a new strategy.
“It’s really important for us, for groups of people like us, to sit down and discuss possibilities for sanctuary for entire states, for entire cities,” said Judy Hilman with Salt Lake Indivisible.