BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (WPIX)—A 4-year-old American citizen thrown in the middle of a messy immigration dispute will be returning back home to her family in Brentwood Tuesday after she was sent to Guatemala several weeks ago.
Emily Samantha Ruiz was supposed to return to New York with her grandfather following a planned trip where she visited extended family in Guatemala. When her guardian was detained at U.S. customs for pending immigration violations, both grandfather and U.S.-born granddaughter were sent back to the Central American nation.
"For the CBP to refuse to help reunite a terrified, 4-year-old U.S. citizen girl with her parents is disgraceful and shameful," he said. "This should never happen to any child, and certainly not to a U.S. citizen."
A press conference on Ruiz's arrival is planned for Wednesday morning.