She was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, married when she was 17 years old and she and her husband decided to come to North Carolina, where her husband’s family was living. They had two girls. She was victim of domestic violence for several years. Her husband was using drugs and alcohol. When she ended up in the hospital after one incident, she decided to return to Guanajuato with her two girls. Her daughters did not speak Spanish and it was very difficult to place them in school. Since they were American citizens, in 2013, she decided to return to North Carolina. Her children passed the border with some friend while she was detained in Texas when she attempted to cross the border. Montserrat was detained for 30 days and deported to Mexico with a 20 years ban.
Her husband had divorced her and married somebody else, in order to obtain legal residence. She fought for her children’s custody by Internet. She obtained shared custody but only if she was able to return to the United States. Her former husband, was deported as well, when he was being interviewed for legal residence. They found the domestic violence reports and a DUI came to light The children are now in the custody of the stepmother, who has refused to allow Montserrat to communicate with them.
Montserrat is now living in Tijuana. She belongs to a group called DREAMers’ MOMS. She is receiving legal aid to obtain a Visa. Montserrat is working on furthering her education; and continues to seek a legal way to enter the U.S.A.