- Authorities mistakenly deported an 81-year-old woman.
- The woman who was mistakenly deported suffers from Alzheimer’s and is a legal resident of the United States.
- The old woman was mistakenly deported after she inadvertently left her home.
An error of the authorities sent a woman to another country. Although she is a legal resident and suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, an 81-year-old Hispanic woman was mistakenly deported after she inadvertently left her home.
The woman, identified as Socorro Guardiola de Saldaña, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, was deported from Texas to Mexico on Friday despite being a legal resident in the United States, according to what her relatives told the Hispanic channel Telemundo, quoted by the news agency Efe.
They mistakenly deported an 81-year-old woman
Socorro Guardiola de Saldaña, a legal resident since 2005, was located in the Mexican city of Reynosa and that same Friday the necessary procedures for her return to La Joya, in Texas, began.
The woman’s relatives had reported her disappearance on Friday after verifying that at dawn she had left her home alone and inadvertently, the Efe report indicated. “She left the house. I imagine she went ‘north’, sometimes that happens to her, she goes out to see if she knows the place, she left at night ”, said Jocelyn Vásquez, daughter-in-law of Socorro Guardiola de Saldaña.
They were giving him a ‘lift’
According to a La Joya police report, an officer discovered the woman in a car driven by a young man when he ordered the vehicle to stop for traffic reasons early Friday morning.
The officer asked the young man who was the person in the back seat and he replied that it was someone he had picked up from the street and did not know. She said the same. Then, after questions from the police officer, Socorro Guardiola said that she lived in Miguel Alemán, in Mexico, and that she had crossed the border the day before.
She had been reported missing
The agent called the Border Patrol to take care of the woman, because “they have a system where they can check the fingerprints,” La Joya police sergeant Manuel Casas told Telemundo, according to the Efe publication.
Upon receiving the report of the disappearance, the local police realized that it could be the lady who was left in charge of the Border Patrol, but by then she had already been taken to Mexico.
Being a legal resident, she was deported by mistake
“If they had done the process as it should be done, which is to run her (finger) prints, they would automatically have known that she is a resident,” said daughter-in-law Jocelyn Vásquez.
The Border Patrol, through a statement, indicated that its agents transported Socorro Guardiola to a facility where a biometric search and record checks were conducted and “did not reveal immigration status or information to counter his claim of Mexican citizenship.”
They seek to return her to the United States.
“She was later expelled from the United States,” added the Border Patrol statement, explaining its version of how the 81-year-old woman who was mistakenly deported to Mexico was detained.
The Border Patrol indicated that later, with new information, it became known that Socorro Guardiola was a legally admitted permanent resident, and reported that it initiated “a coordinated effort” with “local police and international partners to locate her and reunite her with her family in the United States. ”.
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