Although she had lived in the U.S. for decades, Christian, formerly of Washington Twp., was not an American citizen. She was born in Croatia and raised in Germany, and has German citizenship.
After Christian’s eight-year sentence in the Ohio prison system ended in Sept. 2020, she faced deportation. Those with a Green Card and permanent resident status can have that status revoked for serious criminal activity and convictions.
In March, the Dayton Daily News reported that a U.S. immigration judge ordered the deportation of Christian, though Christian filed an appeal to that order while she remained in custody at the Butler County Jail.
“Eva Christian, an unlawfully present citizen of Germany, was issued a final order of removal by a federal immigration judge” on Dec. 1, Shawn Neudauer, spokesman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, told the Dayton Daily News in March.
Christian also filed a separate federal lawsuit in an attempt to be freed from jail due to a medical condition, however, that lawsuit was rejected by a magistrate earlier that same month.