Couple married in jailhouse under threat of groom's deportation
Sandra Mendoza, 24, curls her eyelashes in her Springdale home Thursday, February 8, 2018. Mendoza prepares for her wedding to Yancarlos Mendez, 27, who is being held at Morrow County Jail with a removal order to return to the Dominican Republic. Mendez, a dual citizen of Spain and the Dominican Republic, was stopped for driving without a license. It was his second such offense.
Sandra Mendoza puts on her wedding dress that she purchased for $9. Her fiancé, Yancarlos Mendez, has been detained by ICE since December 2017.
Ricky Solis, 6, lays in bed after his mom and nurse dressed him in a blazer and button down shirt for his mom's wedding. After an auto crash in February 2017, Ricky suffered severe injuries, including paraplegia and brain trauma. His mother's fiancé, Yancarlos Mendez, helped as a caretaker before he was detained by ICE in December 2017.
Sandra Mendoza adds a hairpiece that Ricky's teacher lent her for wedding. Mendoza says it is her "something old, something borrowed."
After finishing her makeup, Sandra Mendoza talks to a medical supply company about a new piece of medical equipment for her son, Ricky.
Ricky Solis, 6, waits in his wheelchair to drive to his mother's wedding at Morrow County Jail in Mount Gilead, Ohio. His mom's fiancé, Yancarlos Mendez, has been detained by ICE for more than two months.
A photo of Yancarlos Mendez hugging Ricky Solis is displayed in Ricky's room among all of his medical supplies.
Sandra Mendoza opens the blinds in her Springdale home as she waits for Pastor Alfredo Ortiz to pick her and her son, Ricky, up to drive more than two hours to Morrow County Jail in Mount Gilead, Ohio for her wedding.
Sandra Mendoza pushes Ricky's wheelchair to leave their Springdale home to drive to her wedding in Mount Gilead, Ohio.
Sandra Mendoza leaves her home to get married to her fiancé, Yancarlos Mendez, inside the Morrow County Jail.
Sandra Mendoza and Pastor Alfredo Ortiz buckle Ricky into his car seat, before they travel more than two hours for Mendoza to marry her fiancé, Yancarlos Mendez. She has not seen Mendez for 66 days, since he was detained by ICE.
Melody Kawamoto, an immigrant advocate, brings flowers to the Morrow County Jail for the wedding of Sandra Mendoza and Yancarlos Mendez. Mendoza was unable to bring the flowers into the jail for her wedding ceremony.
Eduardo Ortiz lifts Ricky Solis out of his car seat and into his wheelchair to go into the Morrow County Jail for his mother's wedding.
Eduardo Ortiz wheels Ricky Solis into the Morrow County Jail for his mother's wedding.
Sandra Mendoza enters the Morrow County Jail to marry Yancarlos Mendez with her pastor, Alfredo Ortiz, and her immigration attorney, Charleston Wang, as her son, Ricky, waits in the lobby. Ricky was not allowed to witness the wedding or see his stepfather.
Ricky Solis, 6, waits for his mom, Sandra Mendoza, to marry Yancarlos Mendez inside the Morrow County Jail. It's been more than two months since Ricky has seen his stepfather.
Ricky Solis and Eduardo Ortiz wait in the lobby of the Morrow County Jail. The family's attorneys have filed a petition to prevent the deportation of Yancarlos Mendez, who is a dual citizen of Spain and the Dominican Republic. He was stopped for driving without a license. It was his second such offense.
After Sandra Mendoza marries Yancarlos Mendez inside the Morrow County Jail, she comforts her son, Ricky, after she tells him that he will not be able to see his stepfather.
Sandra Mendoza leaves the Morrow County Jail with three bouquets of assorted roses after she married Yancarlos Mendez. It was the first time she could hold his hand in more than two months. The family is waiting for the results of a petition their attorney filed to prevent the Mendez's deportation.