You came to this country legally, as a young woman. You’ve spent three decades working, paying taxes, raising children. But a minor scrape with the law from 20 years ago has put you on the fast track to deportation. You will be arrested at your home and placed in detention, where you are presumed guilty until you can prove yourself innocent. If you cannot afford a lawyer, none will be provided to you.
This is what Melida Castro, a native of Guatemala and a permanent resident of the United States, learned the hard way when immigration authorities knocked on the door of her New Jersey home with a warrant for her arrest.
About 5.15 minutes.
Produced by Anthony L. Fisher. Additional camera by Zach Weissmueller and Paul Detrick.
Music: “Opening Up” by Adam Selzer