A woman who voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 this week expressed regret after the president’s government agents deported her daughter-in-law to Mexico.
The Associated Press this week published a lengthy profile of Letty Stegall, an undocumented immigrant who is married an American citizen and Kansas City resident named Steve Stegall, and who has a 17-year-old daughter who is also an American citizen.
In one part of the profile, the AP interviews Steve Stegall’s mother, Shirley Stegall, about whether she regrets voting for Trump in 2016 — and she admits she does.
“I’ve always been proud to be an American,” she said. “But now I’m ashamed.”
Steve Stegall, who did not vote for Trump in 2016, tells the AP that he has grown increasingly intolerant of the president’s supporters, even when they admit that his wife shouldn’t have been deported.
“He’s destroying American lives,” Steve says of the president. “How can you do this? How can you do this to your own American people?”
Letty Stegall, meanwhile, regularly talks with her family over video chat in her new home in Mexico — but she says she deeply misses her family and is baffled as to why she was targeted by ICE for deportation.
“They didn’t take out the people who are dangerous,” she tells the AP. “The murderers are still there. The gangsters are still there. The rapists are still there.”