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    http://www.thestarpress.com/articles...-4313-004.html

    Muncie wife, mother, nurse being deported; husband caring for two sons
    By KEITH ROYSDON
    kroysdon@thestarpress.com

    MUNCIE - A nurse at Ball Memorial Hospital is being deported to her home country of Sierra Leone after a routine traffic stop prompted a records search that showed an outstanding warrant for deportation.

    Fatu Flake - who doesn't have legal alien status despite being in the United States since the mid-1980s - was taken to an Immigration and Naturalization Service facility in Illinois last week.

    Her husband, longtime Muncie resident Wiley Flake - who is in remission from nasal cancer - is raising their two sons and trying to stop the deportation, and friends are trying to help in any way they can.

    "For anybody that has a loved one, separating the family is a tragedy," said Terry Whitt Bailey, a family friend. "Not only is this a separation of a family, but it's a separation by continent. That's a tragedy in and of itself."

    Wiley Flake, a Detroit native who has lived in Muncie since 1971, said his wife came to the United States from Sierra Leone in the mid-1980s. She was married at the time - the marriage produced a son, Edward, who is now 17 - but after her divorce, her ex-husband tried to have her deported. His efforts resulted in a deportation order that was issued in 1989.

    Fatu and Wiley Flake met in a blind date set up by a friend, fell in love and were married in 1994. They have a son, Brysin, who is 8.

    While Wiley worked at Dana Corp. in Marion, Fatu pursued her career as a licensed practical nurse at Ball Memorial Hospital.

    Then about a week and a half ago, Fatu was pulled over for speeding.

    The deportation order from 1989 showed up when police checked her legal status. She was taken to the Delaware County jail and then transported to the Marion County Jail.

    "When they took her from the Delaware County jail to Indianapolis, I went down there real quick and was able to talk to her at the immigration office," Wiley Flake said.

    "She cried the whole time," he added.

    When told about the case, Delaware County Prosecutor Richard Reed said he was surprised that Fatu Flake was whisked away so quickly.

    "They don't ordinarily do that," Reed said. "It's rare that I ever hear about an immigration warrant.

    "If we arrest an illegal alien in a drug case, we call immigration and they say, 'If you get them convicted, call us back,'" Reed added.

    The Flakes have had little contact since she was taken to Illinois on Monday.

    "She misses the kids," Wiley Flake said. "It really hurts her when she thinks about them."

    He said they had previously hired an attorney to win Fatu legal resident status. That effort went nowhere.

    A call from The Star Press to the Indianapolis office of the Immigration and Naturalization Service was not returned last week.

    Indianapolis attorney Swaray Conteh, the Flakes' new legal counsel, said the outstanding deportation order prevented Fatu from ensuring her place in the United States despite her marriage to an American citizen.

    "If you have that order pending, even if you get married, you're not able to change your status," Conteh said.

    Conteh said he would appeal to INS officials on the grounds that the deportation order - even though it was not carried out - was more than 10 years old.

    "She has strong ties in the United States, she has no criminal record, she's an LPN, she has an American citizen spouse, she has two kids and her husband is a cancer patient and he needs her support," Conteh said.

    Wiley Flake said he was in remission from nasal pharangyeal cancer.

    "I am fairly optimistic," the attorney said. "I think we have a legal basis for asking for her release on humanitarian grounds."

    Bailey said the friends of the family are ready to help.

    "Because I'm a mother, I can't imagine how Fatu feels, being separated from her children," Bailey said. "How do her children feel, getting ready for school without their mother there?"

    Contact news reporter Keith Roysdon at 213-5828.

  2. #2
    http://www.thestarpress.com/articles...-4313-004.html

    Muncie wife, mother, nurse being deported; husband caring for two sons
    By KEITH ROYSDON
    kroysdon@thestarpress.com

    MUNCIE - A nurse at Ball Memorial Hospital is being deported to her home country of Sierra Leone after a routine traffic stop prompted a records search that showed an outstanding warrant for deportation.

    Fatu Flake - who doesn't have legal alien status despite being in the United States since the mid-1980s - was taken to an Immigration and Naturalization Service facility in Illinois last week.

    Her husband, longtime Muncie resident Wiley Flake - who is in remission from nasal cancer - is raising their two sons and trying to stop the deportation, and friends are trying to help in any way they can.

    "For anybody that has a loved one, separating the family is a tragedy," said Terry Whitt Bailey, a family friend. "Not only is this a separation of a family, but it's a separation by continent. That's a tragedy in and of itself."

    Wiley Flake, a Detroit native who has lived in Muncie since 1971, said his wife came to the United States from Sierra Leone in the mid-1980s. She was married at the time - the marriage produced a son, Edward, who is now 17 - but after her divorce, her ex-husband tried to have her deported. His efforts resulted in a deportation order that was issued in 1989.

    Fatu and Wiley Flake met in a blind date set up by a friend, fell in love and were married in 1994. They have a son, Brysin, who is 8.

    While Wiley worked at Dana Corp. in Marion, Fatu pursued her career as a licensed practical nurse at Ball Memorial Hospital.

    Then about a week and a half ago, Fatu was pulled over for speeding.

    The deportation order from 1989 showed up when police checked her legal status. She was taken to the Delaware County jail and then transported to the Marion County Jail.

    "When they took her from the Delaware County jail to Indianapolis, I went down there real quick and was able to talk to her at the immigration office," Wiley Flake said.

    "She cried the whole time," he added.

    When told about the case, Delaware County Prosecutor Richard Reed said he was surprised that Fatu Flake was whisked away so quickly.

    "They don't ordinarily do that," Reed said. "It's rare that I ever hear about an immigration warrant.

    "If we arrest an illegal alien in a drug case, we call immigration and they say, 'If you get them convicted, call us back,'" Reed added.

    The Flakes have had little contact since she was taken to Illinois on Monday.

    "She misses the kids," Wiley Flake said. "It really hurts her when she thinks about them."

    He said they had previously hired an attorney to win Fatu legal resident status. That effort went nowhere.

    A call from The Star Press to the Indianapolis office of the Immigration and Naturalization Service was not returned last week.

    Indianapolis attorney Swaray Conteh, the Flakes' new legal counsel, said the outstanding deportation order prevented Fatu from ensuring her place in the United States despite her marriage to an American citizen.

    "If you have that order pending, even if you get married, you're not able to change your status," Conteh said.

    Conteh said he would appeal to INS officials on the grounds that the deportation order - even though it was not carried out - was more than 10 years old.

    "She has strong ties in the United States, she has no criminal record, she's an LPN, she has an American citizen spouse, she has two kids and her husband is a cancer patient and he needs her support," Conteh said.

    Wiley Flake said he was in remission from nasal pharangyeal cancer.

    "I am fairly optimistic," the attorney said. "I think we have a legal basis for asking for her release on humanitarian grounds."

    Bailey said the friends of the family are ready to help.

    "Because I'm a mother, I can't imagine how Fatu feels, being separated from her children," Bailey said. "How do her children feel, getting ready for school without their mother there?"

    Contact news reporter Keith Roysdon at 213-5828.

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