After she had been disappeared for 48 hours, she finally convinced some nice officer that she was in desperate need of her heart medication and was allowed to phone her family to organize for some medication.
The family was able to find a lawyer and organize a temporary stay of proceedings.
The family lived through a similar situation in the Ukraine 30 years ago.
My immediate suspicion was that the deportation has something to do with Larisa's reporting, although that was somewhat ameliorated when I learnt that there has apparently been a flurry of similar events recently. 'Another 900 people'
This report was brought to you in AP format. I'll outsource my emotional response to y'all in the comments.
update: or here:
Office of the Chief Counselme, I'm speechless.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
333 S. Miami Avenue, Suite 200
Miami, Florida 33130
Update: This from the Miami Herald:
"An increase in detentions of foreign nationals by immigration officers in Florida has led to a surge in the detainee population at the already crowded Krome facility in West Miami-Dade.
Stepped up enforcement by immigration officers has resulted in a sharp increase in the number of detainees at the Krome detention center in West Miami-Dade where the population may now exceed 1,000 -- almost double its publicly stated capacity.
Barbara Gonzalez, a Miami spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in an e-mail that a recent increase in enforcement operations was largely responsible for the detainee ''surge'' at the site. ``This is the result of local immigration enforcement activity within the Miami Field Office.''."