This past Wednesday (March 8th), local NBC News affiliate WLWT5 reported a sad story that unfolded in the Cincinnati, Ohio area.
According to WLWT5 correspondent John London’s report, Khoudiedia Nianghane (pictured) was torn from her family last weekend by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. Nianghane was a immigrant from the African nation of Senegal. She lived in America for 20 years and raised three children who were born here.
Nianghane’s two sons and daughter have started a GoFundMe page to help them pay for a summer trip to visit their mother in Senegal. Bakary Djuma, Nianghane’s 13-year-old son said in a news interview that he last spoke with his mother via telephone on Monday.
“She’s doing fine,” Bakary said. “We talked about our plans of going to visit her…asking everybody to forgive her and pray for her,” he continued. Bakary’s 17-year-old brother Mustafa is a student at Western Hills High School in Cincinnati.
Bakary and Mustafa’s 20-year-old sister Mariam Traore is a college student in Blue Ash, Ohio. When Mariam spoke to WLWT5 in an exclusive interview, she got very emotional when asked about her mother.
“We’re just here to get a better life, to work and have money and try to build a life for ourselves,” Mariam said solemnly. “We’re not here to harm nobody,” she continued.
ICE agents reportedly had questionable grounds for deporting Nianghane. Douglas Wiegle a family immigration attorney told WLWT5 that he was confused by what he heard from an ICE attorney who spoke to him about Nianghane’s case.
“I’ve done this for 40 years”, Wiegle said. “This one really puzzled me,” he continued.
Wiegle also said that ICE gave him very little elaboration when he asked why Nianghane was originally taken into custody and subsequently deported. Since Donald Trump has become president of the U.S., aggressive efforts have been taken by his administration to take a knee-jerk reaction to immigration policy.
Situations like Nianghane’s are very unfortunate and they sever the connections that many law-abiding immigrants have with their families. Stories like these have become more prevalent in the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency.