A married mother of three deported from the U.S. after 18 years wept as she spoke of the heartache and devastation at being torn away from her young children.
Cile Precetaj faces rebuilding her life after being sent back to her native Albania for being in the country illegally.
The 46-year-old, who has no criminal record and helped run a successful restaurant business in Michigan with her husband, was deported after an almost two decades long legal fight.
Immigration authorities ruled she had exhausted all legal means to stay in the country she calls home and is desperate to return to.
She spoke to DailyMailTV in the remote village she last saw almost two decades ago, and told how her daughter plans to write to the First Lady Melania Trump to plead for her help.
‘I am still in a state of shock and can’t believe I am back in a country where I was afraid to live,’ Cile exclusively told MailOnline.
‘My three children are thousands of miles away and I do not know when I will ever see them again. How can a country tear a mother away from her children? How can they do that?
‘President Trump’s wife Melania came to America as an immigrant and the country is built on immigrants. Why would they do this to a mother who loves the country and has done nothing wrong? I came to American like so many immigrants for a better life.’
Cile said she has not stopped crying since arriving back in a country she left in 2000 in fear of her life.
She said: ‘I sleep about two hours a night because I wake up and think about my children and how they must feel.
‘I have never been apart from them, not a single day and now I am here thousands of miles away. My life and that of my children had been turned upside down.’