KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Local Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers turned away a 12-year old girl on Thursday. She went to the Kansas City field office wanting answers about her dad.
Twelve-year old Nayelly Sandoval's father Josue was deported to Mexico more than a month ago. Nayelly never got to say goodbye and still questions why her family has been ripped apart.
After repeated requests for a meeting, and no response from ICE, Nayelly showed up at the ICE office to see if she could get answers. Outside the uninviting concrete building on the outskirts of Kansas City, a small group with Communities Creating Opportunity gathered.
Blowing in the wind, the United States flag.
The flag's meaning was lost on the group, which included Nayelly
"Our dad wanted me, my brother and my mom to have a better life here in the U.S.," she said.
Nayelly wanted to sit down with the director at the ICE field office.
"I would tell him, 'why did you take my dad? Why did you do that?' And I would give him my letter," said the outspoken sixth grader.
Her letter, written to President Barack Obama, addresses the circumstances surrounding the detention and deportation of her father.
"He's a hardworking man. He's the reason we have clothes on our back and food on the table cause of him," Nayelly said about her dad.
When asked what she would say to the director of the KC ICE field office: "I would just tell him, 'What if they did that to your dad? How would you feel? Or what would you do in the situation that I'm in right now with my dad?" she said.
Josue admittedly entered the us illegally in 1998 to join his wife and son. Nayelly was born a few years later and, by birth, is an American citizen.
"Now I know how other people feel. Like kids not having their dads with them. Or their dad passed away or their dads gone," she said.
With security guards continuously checking on the group, Nayelly and friends walked her letter inside and ask for a meeting with the director.
After about 20 minutes they were turned away and told the director was on a conference call and would be occupied at least another two hours. The group was told they couldn't wait on the property.
"They just want to get us out of there immediately. These people like don't even care," Nayelly said.
The quest for answers doesn't end, the group called the director's main line and he picked up.
"Hello, this is Rev. Susan McCann and I'm here with other clergy and we're very anxious to meet with you regarding the matter of Josue Sandoval," said McCann, a Rector with Grace Episcopal Church as she spoke to the director over the phone.
"You can't talk to us? But can we give you a letter? His daughter is here and would just like to give you a letter," she told him, but was denied. "But you wont let us leave the letter here?" McCann asked the director.
"We drove all the way down here, I guess for nothing," Nayelly said in a devastated tone.
Nayelly was finally told she could leave her letter with the security guards. FOX 4's calls to ICE officials also went unanswered.
So why was Josue arrested and deported?
FOX 4's Macradee Aegerter obtained police reports which indicated Josue was first investigated by Kansas City, Missouri Police in April 2013 for cashing in damaged coins for undamaged money at a local grocery store.
In January, 2014 police arrested Josue in the case at his place of employment and that's when ICE officials got involved. The report indicates he had a February court date, but he was deported in January before he could appear.