Massachusetts news readers may have seen headlines about a woman whose passport was revoked several times despite being a U.S. citizen. The woman had been detained, deported from John F. Kennedy International Airport and trapped in exile. To her relief, immigration officials have finally returned her passport.
Born in Texas, the 33-year-old moved to El Salvador with her father when she was 4 years old, and she now only speaks Spanish. She was first stopped by immigration officials in 1998 at JFK Airport when she tried to visit relatives in New York. When she presented her passport, an immigration officer claimed it was not hers. Despite the woman explaining the situation to the officer, under duress and fear of being sent to jail if she did not admit her real name, the woman gave the officers the name of her half-sister and was sent back to El Salvador.