November 27, 2014

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Mother fearing deportation receives one-year reprieve

Anabel Barron goes through her paperwork regarding her possible deportation.

Anabel Barron is shown last month going through her paperwork regarding her possible deportation. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

LORAIN – It was late in the day on Ash Wednesday when Anabel Barron said she fell to her knees in front of a picture of the Virgin of Guadelupe, crying. For the first time in weeks, they were tears of joy.

Last week, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office granted Barron, who’s undocumented, a yearlong stay in the country. It was the result of an almost yearlong process of applying and waiting.

“I was so happy,” Barron said of the moment she realized she would be staying in the country for a year. “I don’t have the exact words to describe what I was feeling.”

Barron’s parents illegally brought her to the United States from Mexico when she was 16 years old and she has been living in Lorain for most of her life since then. Last May, Barron was pulled over for speeding in Sheffield Lake and police contacted ICE. Since that day, Barron and her attorney, Jennifer Peyton, have been fighting to keep the 33-year-old mother of 4 in the country. In June, Barron and Peyton applied for a yearlong stay, which ensures that Barron will not be deported for a year unless she commits a serious crime, according to Peyton.

Last Wednesday, their efforts paid off when Peyton received a fax from ICE saying that Barron’s application had been approved.

“Decisions are based on the merits of each case, the factual information provided to the agency and the totality of the circumstances,” ICE media spokesperson Khaalid Walls said, adding that ICE has been discussing Barron’s case since June.

Though Peyton said ICE never indicated their specific reasons for granting Barron a stay, she believes it could have something to do with support that Barron has from the Lorain community.

Barron said she was in Washington, D.C., on a trip to talk to Sen. Sharrod Brown about immigration laws when she got the news about her application.

“I started crying and screaming,” Barron said, describing how she knelt in front of a picture of the Virgin of Guadelupe in a church that evening and cried. “There was so much I was holding in.”

For the rest of the year, Barron said she plans to finish school, continue her volunteer work and be with her children without fear of being taken away.

“I’m going to enjoy life with my kids,” Barron said.

Though she knows she will have to reapply for another stay in a year, Barron has a positive outlook on her future.

“A lot can happen in a year.”

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.


  • hekler1

    It’s strange if you sneak into another country like North Korea or Russia you get a prison term here you get welfare and a drivers license

    • Mark B

      if you sneak into mexico you get prison sentence

      • bdid.d

        If you sneak into Mexico…. you’re in Mexico…

        • LugNutt

          Ha! Yep, jokes on you then! Congratulations you are now in…. mexico ! lmao!

  • Bob Sweatt

    Ok so we have to wait for another year before we see another Feel-bad-for-me story about this leach.

  • bpbatista

    Still wondering: Where is the father of her children? Does she have a phony social security number? Is she registered to vote? Has she ever voted? How did she get a license? How did she get married and divorced? Is she or her children on welfare/public assistance? Does she pay taxes? Do her employers in Rocky River pay FICA taxes for her or do they pay her under the table?

    Come on Anna, inquiring minds want to know.

    • bdid.d

      If she is a single mom with four children, it would be very hard for her to make it without any assistance.

      • Joe Smith

        Then she shouldn’t have 4 kids

        • bdid.d

          How else do you expect her to gain citizenship? Legally? This was pretty much sarcasm…. Someone is giving her assistance.

          • Joe Smith

            Sarcasm noted.

  • onesears

    Hasnt the reprieve been long enough..

  • Daniel Sutter

    Funny how this article didn’t mention that she went back to mexico and had to illegally cross the boarder. Couldn’t she applied for immigration legally when she was there?
    Another life long democrat (with handouts).

  • Simon Jester

    It’s not like she would’ve complied if they told her to leave anyway. ICE wouldn’t spend any more effort to find her than it does on the other 20 million Mexicans that aren’t supposed to be here.

  • bob smith

    I suppose a year from now she won`t be an ILLEGAL

  • oldruss

    This is welcome news, and hopefully in the year ahead this lady’s attorney will be able to arrange for a more long-term visa status. As I said in my post on the earlier story, if anyone sounds as if she deserves to receive permanent resident alien status, this lady does.

    • John Boy

      Why would she deserve this more than any other person who enters illegally? I’m sure everyone feels sorry for her and the children, but I don’t understand how she now gets to go to the front of the line and people that have been waiting for long periods of time get pushed back. If this is just for sympathy I’m sure we could find thousands if not hundreds of thousands of people that have a story just as sad if not more so than her.

      • LugNutt

        She was “smart” and had babies here. GOAL!

        • Chris

          You are correct. You get a prize. Higher taxes.

          • bdid.d

            I’m pretty sure she isn’t paying any taxes and already costing everyone more money…

          • LugNutt

            Awesome, just what I was hoping for! When we house, feed and educate these illegal immigrants, we should get a cut of their earnings after education back, right? Only fair… I go to school it’s called a loan, they get a free ride? We don’t even treat most of our own this well!

      • Chris

        So she can keep voting. The demtards will keep them all here so they can vote illegally as well. Demand better border security from your representatives before any immigration bill or this is going to get worse.

    • BITTERCLINGER36

      Deserve? Why is that? What did she do to deserve to stay and not be punished for not following the law? Does having anchor babies earn her legal status? The way you think befuddles me. Deserve…..typical liberal non-sense. When I served in the military there were many foreign nationals serving too, they deserved to stay because they earned it. You and those who think like you will be the death of this nation.

      • Bob Sweatt

        Joining the Navy is typically how most Phillipino males get into the country. At least that the way it was when i served back in the late 80′s early 90′s.

    • Joe Smith

      She deserves jail like the rest of the criminals.

      • oldruss

        I said it before, maybe you missed it, Joe, but persons who are undocumented aliens are NOT criminals. Having immigration issues is not criminal. Immigration issues are strictly civil matters. What is it that you suggest happen? With some 11 MILLION undocumented aliens here in the States, do you think we should “lock them all up”, or deport them all, or what?

        • Joe Smith

          Deport them, why pay for their existence and it is likely more like 20 million but whos counting?.
          Explain to me how you can be undocumented and not be illegal.
          If you come into the US without documentation it is not a civil matter, it is a criminal matter, they don’t sue you for it, they charge you criminally.
          If you are doing something illegal, then you are a criminal.

          Please explain where I am wrong, enjoy your day.

          • oldruss

            I’ve explained to you Joe, as best as I can. Immigration is NOT a criminal matter. It is a CIVIL matter under the law, and so, everyone from the undocumented aliens from Mexico to the undocumented aliens from County Mayo, Ireland, for example, and everywhere in between, are NOT criminals under our justice system. They may very well be in violation of our immigration laws, but that is strictly a CIVIL matter.

            BTW – - are you REALLY serious about deporting all ELEVEN MILLION undocumented aliens presently in the United States?

          • Joe Smith

            Illegal Immigration is a Crime (2013)

            Each year the Border Patrol apprehends hundreds of thousands of aliens who flagrantly violate our nation’s laws by unlawfully crossing U.S. borders. Such illegal entry is a misdemeanor, and, if repeated after being deported, becomes punishable as a felony.

            The illegal alien population is composed of those who illegally enter the country (referred to as “entry without inspection — EWI”) in violation of the immigration law, and others enter legally and then stay illegally (referred to as overstayers). The immigration authorities currently estimate that two-thirds to three-fifths of all illegal immigrants are EWIs and the remainder is overstayers. Both types of illegal immigrants are deportable under Immigration and Nationality Act Section 237 (a)(1)(B) which says: “Any alien who is present in the United States in violation of this Act or any other law of the United States is deportable.”

            I guess I learned a little in the police academy after all.

            I think if caught, they should be incarcerated and forced to work until they earn enough money to pay for their deportation then deported, that way no cost to the taxpayers.

            And by the way, they are illegal aliens, not undocumented aliens.

          • oldruss

            8 U.S.C. § 1325 (b): Improper time or place; civil penalties — Any alien who is apprehended while entering (or attempting to enter) the United States at a time or place other than as designated by immigration officers shall be subject to a civil penalty of ….

          • Joe Smith

            I guess you skipped over the first part of that law, just because they fine you on top of putting you in jail does not make it just a civil matter, you can rob a bank and get jail AND a civil fine, does that make robbing a bank a civil matter? Here is the whole law, nice that you tried to pick just a little chunk out of the middle.

            (a) Improper time or place; avoidance of examination or inspection; misrepresentation and concealment of facts

            Any alien who

            (1) enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers, or

            (2) eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers, or

            (3) attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact, shall, for the first commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than 6 months, or both, and, for a subsequent commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18, or imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both.

            (b) Improper time or place; civil penalties

            Any alien who is apprehended while entering (or attempting to enter) the United States at a time or place other than as designated by immigration officers shall be subject to a civil penalty of—

            (1) at least $50 and not more than $250 for each such entry (or attempted entry); or

            (2) twice the amount specified in paragraph (1) in the case of an alien who has been previously subject to a civil penalty under this subsection.

            Civil penalties under this subsection are in addition to, and not in lieu of, any criminal or other civil penalties that may be imposed.

            ANY penalty that has a jail term is a CRIME and NOT a civil matter.

          • oldruss

            I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree. However, let me end on this note. Rubin Navarrette, Jr., member of the editorial board of the San Diego Union and nationally syndicated columnist, recently quoted John Morton, head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in one of Navarrette’s columns as follows: “The immigration laws are civil in nature. *** For example, if you enter the country on a visa and you overstay your visa, that is a civil but not a criminal offense.”

          • Joe Smith

            You can disagree all you want, what we were discussing ( entering the country illegally) it is clearly a criminal matter by law and just because you just got caught being deceptive and “Accidently” jumping past the criminal portion of the law and going to the civil portion means your argument has no merit. We were clearly discussing illegal entry, you said yourself

            “Any alien who is apprehended while entering (or attempting to enter) the United States”
            so you know it was the subject, now you are trying to cherry pick something else that we were not talking about.

            If you have to be deceptive or manipulative in your answers it means your argument has no merit to stand on its own.

            I can’t waste anymore time on you. I prefer to deal with a honest person.

        • LugNutt

          Send them back indeed! Then maybe we can help our own country! Not the low lives that choose to not work, but the working lower class that bust their @$$,e$ every day and can’t get a leg up.

          • oldruss

            Are you familiar with the United Farm Workers of America and its “Take Our Jobs” program?
            See: takeourjobs.org

  • GreatRedeemer

    “For the rest of the year, Barron said she plans to finish school,
    continue her volunteer work and be with her children without fear of
    being taken away”

    School, volunteer work, kids how is this all being paid for ? I know so called undocumented aka illegals can attend colleges but cant get loans or such.

    • Bob Sweatt

      I assume, you and I are paying for her and her kids. Oh and her schooling.

      When did she start this schooling?

      • HankKwah

        Betting you’re correct. What bugs me about these stories is that it shows others that being an illegal and having the “anchor babies” can get you in the door, and moved to the head of the line for citizenship, all while getting your bills paid by the dummies that voted the administration in.

  • Joe Smith

    Are they going to give the rest of the criminals the same thing?

  • ekwaykway

    I’ll be darned I’d live in fear where I’m an illegal. Go back to Mexico, take your kids with ya’, and put your mind at ease.