Mexican national detained for 18 months reunites with family in North Texas

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by MARCUS MOORE

WFAA

Posted on January 3, 2014 at 2:30 PM

LOVE FIELD AIRPORT, Texas -- A North Texas mom who is in the middle of an immigration battle was reunited with her family on Tuesday.

Rosa H. Carrera Moreno had been detained at an El Paso for nearly a year-and-a-half.

The reunion happened at Love Field Tuesday morning, and followed months of work and negotiations between immigration officials and advocates.

Ralph Isenberg, the founder of Isenberg Center for Immigration Empowerment (ICIE), said that Carrera was released on "prosecutorial discretion." Currently, she is said to be facing deportation.

Carrera entered the U.S. on a work visa, 19 years ago and never left. She only returned to Mexico in 2012 to bury two sons who were murdered at the hands of a drug cartel, the family said.

"When I was in Mexico, no one was there to help me with the murder of my sons," she said through an interpreter. "And from here, I want to do everything I can do to find justice for what happened."

Meanwhile, Carrera is planning to appeal her deportation. Isenberg believes the fact that Carrera has no prior criminal history and has a son and daughter, both born in Dallas and still living in North Texas, should allow her to stay.

After her sons' murders, Carrera tried three separate times to sneak back into the United States.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would not comment on the case because of the agency's privacy policy.

Carrera is scheduled to check in with ICE on Jan. 28.

The complicated case continues to develop. For now, the family is back together as the new year begins.

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