Louise Bundy: A case for a new immigration system

BBC News

Louise Bundy is being held in the Flagstaff Federal Detention Center for being convicted of possessing a firearm and ammunition after being deported to the US.

In July 2012, police in Arizona pulled her over for a minor traffic offence, the third offence of her driving in the past year. She was later convicted of driving on a suspended licence and sentenced to two days in prison.

The possession of a firearm was the next thing police found. A US Department of Homeland Security investigation found that in the previous year, Bundy had illegally stayed in the US, concealed her weapon and had illegal status in the country.

This story is being told through the eyes of Louise Bundy’s mother. She says she now feels like she has been abandoned.

“She’s in the hands of the government,” Lynne Bundy told BBC News. “It’s out of the hands of a judge. It’s out of the hands of a government official. It’s with the government. We believe she is in danger of getting hurt.”

The extraordinary case of Louise Bundy is a classic example of the system being stacked against people trying to get in contact with their loved ones.

Louise Bundy is now being held in the Flagstaff Federal Detention Center for a number of parole violations and prison time. The Secretary of State has declined to grant BBC News a full interview, citing security concerns.

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