The illegal immigrant mother Democrats used Wednesday as a case study of cruelty in President Trump’s policies was first deported during the Clinton administration, then flagged for deportation again under the Obama-Biden administration.
Alejandra Juarez first sneaked into the U.S. in 1998, was caught at the border and was removed — the formal term for deportation — back to Mexico.
She quickly sneaked back in in defiance of that order and would go on to marry a U.S. citizen and military member, remaining under the radar until a traffic stop in 2013 brought her to the attention of ICE, which renewed their deportation order and made her start checking in with an eye toward future removal.
She was actually deported in 2018, under Mr. Trump.
At that time U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said by sneaking back in after her 1998 deportation she’d committed a felony act, making her a priority for removal.
On Wednesday her 11-year-old daughter, Estela, was featured at the Democratic National Convention, accusing Mr. Trump of forcing her family to be separated.