Agents are now directed to remove anyone with a criminal conviction and anyone who already has been issued a removal order, for example.The Washington Post reported immigration arrests had increased more than 30 percent in the first weeks of Trump’s presidency.Otto Morales-Caballeros, who came to the United States illegally as a teenager, and his wife are reunited for a brief visit in his home country.Then they will continue their fight to bring him back to the United States.Back in Maine, Merlim has had no income since her husband’s arrest. They have hired a lawyer to represent them in their case to bring Morales-Caballeros back to the United States as the spouse of a citizen, but that process could take years.So, their joyful reunion Thursday was also bittersweet.He was kinder to her than the other men she had dated.“Otto is the first guy I’ve had that hasn’t used me or abused me or anything else,” Merlim said. The couple worked together on his immigration case, attending court hearings and cobbling together the money for lawyer fees.
He was driving to his job at a lobster processing plant in Saco.
Morales-Caballeros entered the United States illegally as a teenager and lived for a time in New Jersey before moving to Maine.
Now 37, Morales-Caballeros was living with his wife in Naples in April when he was arrested and detained by U. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on his way to work.
Morales-Caballeros worked on local farms from a young age, growing tomatoes and beans.
He grew up without a father, and his mother worked cleaning and laundry jobs to support their family. A lot of people die trying to cross in the river.” He didn’t know he might have obtained legal status by applying for asylum during his first year in the United States, so he never did. He found manual labor jobs and took English classes. “It changed my life a lot living in the United States,” Morales-Caballeros said. It’s a lot of relief for me to be able to help my mother.” He later moved to Maine with a girlfriend.
Last week, Morales-Caballeros and his wife, Sandra Scribner Merlim, were reunited for the first time since he was deported in May.