Tuesday, May 21st

When Paula Hincapie was arrested last week by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents while driving her 5-year-old daughter to school, she was confused.

She is a recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a federal program aimed to temporarily protect from deportation undocumented immigrants brought into the U.S. as children. She had also started the process to become a permanent resident sponsored by her husband, a U.S. citizen serving in the Army and currently deployed abroad, she said.

Officers took her and her daughter back to her home in Chicago, where they arrested her mother, a part-time pastor at Emaus Lutheran Church in Racine; her father; and a cousin who was in the home.

The Rev. Betty Rendón of Emaus Lutheran Church in Racine.(Photo: Courtesy of Emaus Lutheran Church)

On Wednesday, ICE told Hincapie that they wouldn’t try to deport her at this time, but her parents, who were denied their petition for asylum and issued a notice of removal years ago, remain under ICE’s custody in Kenosha County.