Donald Trump said throughout his campaign that one of his goals was to crack down on immigration. He claimed that he was after the “bad guys” and he wasn’t going to tear families apart. It was reported on Wednesday that the wife of a retired Army Special Forces veteran is facing possible deportation.
According to Military Times, Elia Crawford, the wife of Ret. Sgt. 1st Class Bob Crawford, could be deported by Monday if a Virginia immigration court rules against her, despite legal provisions allowing undocumented spouses of military personnel and veterans to remain in the country.
Elia first came to America in 1999 when she fled her home country of Honduras in the wake of Hurricane Mitch.
She then married Bob Crawford in 2001, while he was still on active duty. Since their marriage, the couple has had two sons.
The law states that spouses of military members(active or retired) can apply for a relief called “Parole in Place” which allows them to remain in the country. But, according to Military Times, Elia is unable to take advantage of the program because she is under a deportation order.
The Crawfords’ lawyer, Leticia Corona, spoke with Military Times about the issue. She said that it is likely that the Homeland Security Department will not lift the order. She added that getting deportation orders lifted was easier under previous administrations, but has gotten more difficult under the Trump administration.
“I know the military takes care of families – because I lived it for 20 years,” Bob Crawford told Military Times. “I just feel, right now, we’re caught in this limbo.”