Cherokee County, N.C. mother of four detained by ICE

Dayana Sutton is in the Irwin County Detention Center waiting for a judge to decide if she will be deported (Image: Kyle Sutton)

A Cherokee County, North Carolina mother of four was arrested after a routine traffic stop. She's now being held by immigration authorities in Georgia.

Kyle Sutton's wife, Dayana, was born in Cuba and moved to the U.S. when she was 6 years old.

After 19 years living in the U.S. and getting married to Kyle, a routine traffic stop changed everything. Sutton says he was pulled over for a burned out tail light in Gilmer County, Georgia.

Even though Sutton was driving, the arrest report shows deputies asked for Dayana and her father's licenses too.

They found Dayana had warrants in three counties.

The Sheriff's departments in each of those counties say she was wanted for forging a Homeland Security document when applying for a driver's license.

A family friend, and Dayana's high school teacher, Karen Moree, says Dayana did have expired paperwork but says she heard Homeland Security tell Dayana in 2011 that she couldn't be deported.

"We did a little dance we were so thrilled we were just so thankful that was not a fear she needed to have," Moree said.

Seven years later, Dayana and her husband fear they will be split up, with Dayana forced to leave the U.S.

She's now at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia.

"It sucks really. I mean one minute you're every day together with each other and the next minute you wake up and your life partner isn't there," Kyle Sutton said.

Sutton has since lost his job and is taking care of their four children full time.

He created a website where you can learn more about the family here.

Sutton is in the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia.

Her next court date in Atlanta is in August.

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