Flight Attendant Released from Immigration Center

Barbara Schwarz
March 22, 2019 - 6:56 pm

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A Texas based flight attendant who was held in an immigration facility since the February 12 has been released.

Selene Roman was brought to the US from Peru as a three year old, and was granted legal status under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The 28-year-old, who had attended Texas A&M, flew with Mesa Airlines.

She asked her employer not to place her on a flight to Monterrey, Mexico as DACA recipients are not supposed to leave and re-enter the United States.  A supervisor wrote that she would be ok, and Roman, who had been on the job only a month and was on probationary status did not want to lose her job.  

Upon her return from Mexico, Roman was detained at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston for 24 hours and then taken to the Montgomery processing center in Conroe.

Her husband, David Watkins, says the ordeal has been exhausting. "I could only visit her once a week for an hour through two inches of glass. I'm not even allowed to touch her. She wasn't doing well at all. She was experiencing high anxiety and severe depression."

Her attorney says they learned this week government sought to revoke her DACA status and which would lead to her deportation to Peru.

Roman is scheduled to appear before an immigration judge next month.