Federal immigration authorities have deported a 22-year-old woman from Ohio over the objections of activists who feared she could be suicidal if sent back to Mexico.
According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, Yanelli Hernandez was returned to Mexico on Tuesday. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said her removal was ordered by an immigration judge. She was in the country illegally and was convicted in Butler County on charges of driving under the influence and forgery.
Supporters said that, Hernandez, a factory worker, had attempted suicide twice, and immigration rights activists phoned federal offices this week to urge that she be allowed to stay.
An ICE letter denying her request to stay said there was no documentation to support claims that she faced hardships from longstanding mental illness.
Activist Marco Saaverda, an organizer with the Ohio chapter of DreamActivist.org and a friend of Hernandez’s, told the Enquirer he felt “extreme frustration. ... We will pursue all of the mental health concerns that this case has revealed.”
The woman had been in the United States since age 13. She had been living in the Cincinnati area for five years.
"She needs treatment and not to be deported to Mexico, where she knows nobody," Fernanda Marroquin, an organizer with DreamActivist Pennsylvania, told Philadelphia Daily News on Monday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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