GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. —  A Grand Rapids woman is facing deportation to her home country of Argentina.

Melina Carrasco, 27, was convicted of misdemeanor retail fraud last Fall, and since then her life has been turned upside down.

Carrasco’s attorney, Richard Kessler said that Carrasco came to America when she was just 12-years-old.

“Over stayed their visa. She had no choice in it. She stayed, she grows up here, speaks perfect English. She’s been here 15 out of her 27 years, has a young 8-year-old child Emily. Recently married to U.S. citizen, Howard,” said Kessler.

Carrasco is currently in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Calhoun County, where she’s been for the past two weeks.

Kessler said that her family took part in the “visa waiver program,” but that also gave away several rights.

“You gave up the rights to challenge anything that happened to you…

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