Wife of Marine veteran in Polk County facing deportation

After living in Central Florida for years, married to a Marine and raising two daughters, Alejandra Juarez is facing deportation to Mexico next week — unless she gets a last-minute reprieve.

Juarez’s pending deportation is destroying her family, she said.

Her youngest daughter Estela, 8, who does not speak Spanish, will move to Mexico with her because Juarez’s husband travels regularly for work and would be unable to care for her.

Her 16-year-old daughter, Pamela, will remain in Davenport to finish high school. She is saving every penny she earns working at a restaurant to purchase plane tickets to visit her mother and sister.

“I feel so guilty that my mistake is putting them through all this — they are just two innocent little kids,” Juarez said.

Juarez, 38, had been living under the radar in Davenport until a traffic stop in 2013 brought her to the attention of immigration enforcement officials.Now, the Mexican national must leave the country on June 21.

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