A young Honduran mother who was detained by immigration authorities last week despite her protected status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be released from detention, Univision has learned.
Riccy Enriquez Perdomo, a 22-year-old mother of two, was detained last Thursday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Louisville, Kentucky. She was later sent to the McHenry County Jail in Illinois, sparking fear among activists that she could be deported as early as next week.
In fact, immigration authorities had already obtained travel documents from the Honduran embassy to deport the young mother, according to her lawyer, Don Sherman.
However, sources told Univision on Wednesday that Enriquez Perdomo is in the process of being released from detention.
Born in Honduras, Enriquez Perdomo entered the United States when she was 9 years old. According to Sherman, she had a deportation order against her, but was later able to apply for DACA, which grants young immigrants temporary relief from deportation.
She received her first two-year permit under DACA in 2015 and renewed it last January, according to Sherman. She does not have a criminal record.
Her brother-in-law, Robert Cote, told the Cincinatti Enquirer that her family tried to inform immigration authorities that the young woman was protected from deportation under DACA.
"We called ICE in Chicago, and the person there told us, 'When Trump came in, DACA doesn't exist anymore.' I couldn't believe they told me that," Cote told the newspaper.
Enriquez Perdomo has two children in the United States, a 5-year-old daughter and an 11-month-old son. ICE has yet to clarify why she was detained.