Inside, Floricel, who has been held since March at the Mesa Verde immigrant detention center near Bakersfield, was supposed to get a long delayed, though constitutionally required, hearing on whether she could be released on bond. She didn't get her chance. Immigration judge Valerie Burch couldn't get through the many other cases on her docket, so Floricel and her family will have to wait until at least November 8 to find out whether they can be reunited.
Floricel's story is like that of too many other immigrants caught up our xenophobic panic over newcomers we see as Other (information from family, assembled by Faith in Action Bay Area.)
Floricel has advantages that many detained immigrants lack: devoted children who are U.S. citizens, a supportive community, and assistance from Pangea Legal Services. Not surprisingly, she doesn't have a lot of money to give the government if the immigration court should allow bail. Her family have set up a fundraiser page.
You can follow Floricel's struggle to remain with her family on Facebook.