Joseph Ishmael Lowry is only 11 years old. He is severely autistic and non-verbal. And now, he might not be able to get the treatment he needs because his mother, Djenebou Sissoko, has been deported to Mali, West Africa.
Sissoko came to the U.S. 20 years ago on a visa, which expired. When she came to the U.S, she fell in love with a U.S. veteran. He died earlier this year.
Now, Ishmael is under the care of his aunt, Ramatta Sissoko. But, Ishamel can't understand where his mother is. His aunt says he thinks she is hiding from him, so he looks for her everywhere he goes.
"Even at the house, he walks around and looks for her, like where is she?" Sissoko said. "I have to replace her as much as I can."
And even though she's been deported, the family continues to remain hopeful.
"I'm hopeful. I didn't give up. If I need to spend the rest of my life doing this fight, I will," she added.
ICE officials said the Sissoko was deported because she overstayed her visa in the United States.
"A federal immigration judge previously granted Ms. Sissoko's request to voluntarily depart the U.S. in lieu of removal in January 2009. However, Ms. Sissoko failed to depart and she became subject to a final order of removal in May 2009," ICE said in a statement.