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'Ivanka, Where Are You?': MSNBC Anchor Chokes Up Pleading for Compassion for the Deported Mother and Wife of a Veteran

She had hoped that the Trump administration would be lenient with her because of her husband's service.

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MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle choked up Friday afternoon while discussing the case of Alejandra Juarez, a mother and wife of an Iraq War veteran who was deported earlier in the day.

Juarez entered the United States illegally about 20 years ago, but she says she thought the administration would show leniency in her case because she has no criminal record and her husband was a member of the military. Her husband, an American citizen who voted for President Donald Trump, wrote to the White House seeking a reprieve for his wife, but the deportation proceeded anyway.

MSNBC showed a clip of Juarez with her two daughters discussing the devastating impact the deportation will have on their lives.

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"Three women are on that TV," Ruhel said, emotion coming through in her voice. "A mother and her two daughters. Women and girls. The person in the administration who has articulated over and over that they are passionate about supporting the advancement of women and girls is first daughter Ivanka Trump. Ivanka, where are you?" 

She continued, her voice breaking as she clearly fought back tears: "Alejandra's words to the president as she went through airport security this morning were: 'May God forgive you.' That's what she said."

Watch the clip below:

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.