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Husband: Wife deported to Albania with no chance for goodbye

Published:Tuesday | May 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

TROY, Michigan (AP):

The husband of a 46-year-old suburban Detroit woman says her family was not given the opportunity to say goodbye before she was deported. Pete Gojcaj of Troy tells the Detroit Free Press that Cile Precetaj telephoned him at 4 a.m. Thursday from Germany as she and two Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents were headed to her native Albania.

No criminal background

Precetaj has no criminal background and had been seeking asylum in the US since 2000. She was arrested on April 26 during a routine visit to the ICE office in Detroit and taken to a southern Michigan jail.

The newspaper says ICE spokesman Khallid Walls declined to comment Wednesday, but said families typically are notified before a deportation.

The couple's US-born children are ages 16, 10 and eight years old.