“There was no interview or meeting — they just immediately took her in and processed her,” Meriano recalled, some 11 months later. After four hours, as federal authorities were about to ship Kleinauskaite to the detention center in York County where she’s been jailed ever since, one ICE officer was surprisingly apologetic to the newlyweds.
“I’m sorry — I thought in no way they will tell me to take her,” the ICE agent told them, as recalled by Meriano. “I have no control. I get orders from above.”