A Bangladeshi woman, who is an undocumented immigrant facing deportation, was given two months reprieve on Thursday by immigration authorities in the United States.
Thirty nine-year-old Rojina Akter is a mother of three, and may face the same fate as her husband, Amenul Hoque, who was sent back to Bangladesh on Monday.
According to a report on NorthJersey.com
, Rojina was called to Peter W Rodino Federal Building on Thursday where Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers who reviewed her case with her. She was accompanied by her 19-year-old daughter Evana, 11-year-old son Emon, and attorney.
After Rojina was granted the reprieve, Evana said she was “relieved” that her mother was going home at least for now.
However, Evana said her family is weighing their options and talking about joining her father in Bangladesh in the near future.
Days after being sworn in, US President Donald Trump signed an “executive order” that set new immigration enforcement priorities.
Even though undocumented immigrants with criminal convictions remain a priority for deportation, the US news outlet says, the other undocumented immigrants who have been “charged with a crime but not convicted” and those with a “final order of removal” may also face the possibility of expulsion at their regular check-ins with immigration officials.
Rojina has a final order of removal, so did Amenul who worked at a restaurant to fend for his family. They both came to the US in 2004 along with their two older children after living in Botswana for a few years.
When they overstayed their tourist visa, they applied for asylum a year later citing “politically motivated violence” in Bangladesh. However, their application was rejected.
They ultimately had to issue a “deportation order” in 2007, after exhausting their appeals.
After a few years, the couple welcomed their third child Erik, now 11 and a US citizen.
In 2010, Amenul was detained by immigration officials. He spent 11 months at the Elizabeth Contract Detention Facility, meanwhile Rojina was placed under supervision and fitted with an ankle monitor.
Without any explanation, Amenul was released in Octorber, 2011 and Rojina’s bracelet was removed a few months after.
Later, the federal government granted the couple “stays of removal” at routine check-ins. The duo never failed to attend any of their appointments; they met with immigration officials every six months until 2014. However, they were called for check-ins only once a year, from 2014 to 2016.
According to NorthJersey.com , the couple had to check-in at three-and-six-month intervals last year, and after each check-in with ICE, they were given a new date to return and were able to renew their work permits.
During their November check-in, immigration officers told them to return in February – unusually short notice that left the family terrified.
On January 17, immigration officers knocked on their door and picked up Amenul. Within a few hours, he called his family and told them he had been detained.
Amenul was deported on Monday; he arrived in Bangladesh on Tuesday.
NorthJersey.com, citing an an ICE spokesperson Emilio Dabul, says Rojina’s case will be reviewed “based on case-specific circumstances, as is done in all cases.”