Deported Mexican mother back in Montreal
Paola Ortiz had a tearful reunion this morning with her two young children in Montreal, seven months after she was deported to Mexico.
Canadian immigration officials have granted Ortiz permanent resident status.
Ortiz emerged from the arrivals gate at Montreal's Trudeau airport just before 10 a.m. ET and rushed to hug her two children, whom she hadn't seen since she was forced to return to Mexico in September.
She burst into tears at the sight of the children and her supporters before pausing to speak with reporters.
Ortiz came to Canada in 2006 to escape what she called an abusive relationship. She told authorities that a former boyfriend, a Mexican federal police officer, beat her, sexually assaulted her and once kept her imprisoned for several days.
The Canadian government refused her bid to remain as a refugee last year, arguing that Mexico could provide adequate protection to victims of domestic violence.
She was deported in September, but left her two children with family in Canada.
Ortiz’s son and daughter, who are both less than five years of age and were born in Canada, were allowed to stay in the country.