Phone Calls From Papi


Linzi, a U.S. citizen, fell in love with Domingo, a Mexican immigrant, when she was 13 years old. They were married in 2006. They have three daughters together.

Domingo was detained in June of 2008 during an appearance at the Wake County Courthouse for an assault charge. He was questioned about his citizenship because he had gang tattoos that he had covered over years before. He was taken into immigration custody. Linzi was left to care for her children on her own. Unable to support her family alone, she moved in with her mother.

Domingo’s papers were approved in November. He was released in February. Linzi’s story - a story of not knowing if Domingo would ever be released - reflects the uncertainty that thousands face.