Guzman was deported in April for committing an aggravated felony in the eyes of federal law.
Guzman left behind her five children who are now living with their grandmother in Orem.
“Someone took my purse, my passport, my cell phone,” says Guzman who is in Mexico and was reached by phone.
Guzman is not a U.S. citizen but came with her family when she was six years old. She’s now 22-years old and back in a country that she doesn’t know.
“It's traumatizing,” she says. “(I’ve been) in Utah all of my life, one day (Immigration) telling me you're going to be deported to a place I've never been to."
She was jailed for failing to follow through on community service on a forgery charge. Her attorney plea bargained reducing the charge from a third degree felony to a Class A misdemeanor.
Guzman was involved in a landlord-tenant dispute. When a sheriff deputy came to the home he learned there was a warrant for her arrest on the felony charge. And immigration was notified that she was not a U.S. citizen.
While in jail she claimed an immigration officer asked her to sign a document.
“(He says) can you sign here for your mom to be able to pickup you property and stuff like that,” Guzman recalls. “I signed it and he’s like that's all we need. Now you don't need to sign for your deportation. It's automatic.”
Within 48-hours she was on her way to Tijuana Mexico.
She never got to say good-bye to her children. Guzman's mother says the children are devastated.
“It has destroyed her family,” says Yolanda Sandoval. “It's been very traumatic for them.”
Despite Guzman pleading guilty to a misdemeanor in the eyes of the federal government it is still a deportable crime.
Andrew Guzman with Immigration, Customs Enforcement (ICE) says immigration official says forgery is considered an aggravated felony under federal law.
“She can be deported without any hearing,” says Munoz.
Tony Yapias, a community activist says immigration followed the law.
“Immigration was looking at the charge and it's a felony conviction and they acted on it," he says.
He says immigrants often fail to plea bargain to reduce the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor.
But in Guzman’s case she did. But ICE says the type of the crime she committed has no bearing whether it ends up as a misdemeanor. Munoz says Congress listed forgery in the same category as murder and drugs.
Guzman’s family has written a letter to Congressman Jim Matheson’s office. And the office did respond saying they plan to research the case. That was in April and Sandoval says they haven’t heard anything since.
Meanwhile, organizers from Salt Lake Dream Team, United for Social Justice, Salt Lake Prison Divestment Campaign, Peaceful Uprising, and the Federation of Mexican Clubs of Utah demand an end to deportation, detention, and harassment of community members.
These groups delivered petitions in April to Senator Mike Lee and Representative Matheson asking them to take action and stop her deportation.