TROY, Mich. (WXYZ) - A Troy mother is fighting her deportation.
Cile Precetaj came to the United States illegally in 2000 from Albania. Since then, she got married, had three children and became a productive member of society.
But, it appears her time in America may be up.
Precetaj says U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement sent her a notice Monday ordering her to leave the country. With only a 24 hours notice, the Troy resident was told to report to the McNamara terminal for a flight back to her home country.
Instead of getting on the flight at 10:30 Tuesday morning, Precetaj was still in her home, with her children.
She cried, as she hugged her three children - saying immigration officers would have to come get her. She pulled her kids out of school, packed their suitcases, and waited.
Precetaj has been in a legal fight to stay in the country. She requested asylum, afraid if she stayed in Albania she would be sold into prostitution.
Her request was denied.
Precetaj was ordered to wear a tether as her case moved thru the immigration system.
7 Action News has reached out to a representative from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The release the following statement to us:
ICE is presently conducting a review of Ms. Precetaj's case, therefore her removal is not imminent at this time.