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Cleveland, OH – Lorain County resident Anita Marin and her daughters have been living a nightmare that is growing more and more Kafkaesque with each passing day.
Over a month ago, Anita went to work at Corso’s Flower and Garden Center like usual, only to be met with 200 federal law enforcement agents, some with machine guns and K-9 units, who had come to arrest her and many of her co-workers.
Detained in Geauga County Jail since then, accused only of a civil immigration violation, Anita was finally granted release on bond this past Tuesday. Anita went home and cooked a meal, grateful to be with her family.
A few short hours later, agents were pounding on her door and arrested Anita again, this time for a federal criminal charge.
News Channel 5 interviewed one of Anita’s daughters, Ana Cortez, who is trying to make sense of what is happening:
Cortez is furious because the warrant was issued on July 9, a day before she was released from jail.
“That warrant was on July 9—today is July 11 why did they make us pay that money if they are going to take her again?” asked Cortez.
That’s $3,500 bucks down the drain, and her mom is still behind bars.
“I just want this to end, I just want my mom back,” she said.
According to Cortez, Marin came to this country in 2001, she applied for permanent residency through her sister who is a U.S. citizen. They gave her a 10 to 20-year window for her paperwork to go through, this is year 19 of Marin’s wait.
Lynn Tramonte, Director of America’s Voice Ohio, said: “The amount of resources our government is using to arrest people like Anita is simply astounding. She’s a worker and a mom who has lived in Ohio for nearly two decades, not a violent and dangerous person. But Trump’s deportation force sees her only as a statistic and a game piece, not a human being. We cannot allow our government to treat our friends and neighbors this way.”