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Lawyer: Goleta grandmother facing deportation will return to Mexico

Posted at 7:29 PM, Mar 18, 2019

An attorney representing a Goleta grandmother who has been facing deportation says his client will be forced to return to Mexico.

Attorney Kraig Rice is representing Juana Flores. He confirmed to KSBY on Monday that Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, denied her request to stay in the United States.

Rice says Flores has no close family in Mexico. He also says this will be a hardship for her husband, who will need to figure out how to balance work in the U.S. while seeing her and caring for their son who has disabilities.

Flores has been in the United States illegally for the last 30 years.

She was granted a six-month stay of removal from ICE in August of 2018.

She most recently checked in with ICE at the end of February, but the agency was still processing her paperwork.

Juana has 10 children and 15 grandchildren. She is the sole caretaker of one of her children who has disabilities. All of her family members are U.S. citizens except for her.

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