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Kansas City family hopeful deported mom will return home

Posted at 2:58 PM, Mar 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-21 19:18:47-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro businesswoman and her family are fighting to bring her back to Kansas City.

Leticia "Letty" Stegall is in Mexico after she was deported for violating the terms of her work visa.

Steve Stegall, Letty's husband and the owner of The Blue Line hockey bar, used Facebook to talk to his wife this afternoon.

"It's awesome. I'm not able to kiss her or hug her. It's the only thing I'm missing out on, but at least I get to see her and see the expressions on her face," said Stegall.

Leticia "Letty" Stegall was picked up by immigration agents on Feb. 26. Five days later, ICE agents dropped her off at the Mexico border.

Letty was arrested as part of an enforcement operation in the Kansas City metro. ICE said the four-day sting targeted people with criminal histories that were in the country illegally. Steve Stegall said his wife was arrested six years ago for driving while intoxicated. The arrest started a lengthy web of legal proceedings with ICE that ultimately led to her removal.

"It's disappointing. They treated her like she's a hardened criminal. She's a GM." said Stegall.

Stegall has already started proceedings to get his wife back in the country since they've been married for six years. He said thanks to technology they can see each other and Letty can work for The Blue Line, even from Mexico.

"We gotta just keep moving on and keep using the technology for all the big events. When graduation comes, we'll be live from the phone and there will be Letty on the phone watching her daughter walk across the stage," said Stegall.