Tucked away in a tiny bedroom on the grounds of a school in north London, the pair’s bedroom is just one of many in the house where they’ve been living since their parents were deported back to their native Jamaica.
Tortured for years, Alexia has never spoken about the horrors she endured in the Caribbean, or her parents’ ordeal of being imprisoned and tortured by British authorities.
The sisters have now reunited with their father, and are now sharing their story of living in Britain and in America under the watchful eye of their American-born American parents.
Alexia says the UK’s Immigration and Naturalisation Service (NIS) is so good at catching those who do not speak English they have a huge amount of pressure to do so.
“They tell us we have to do this, do that, do what we do, so they know we are good people,” she says.
It is difficult, she adds, for the sisters to speak up.
They are so scared.
They are afraid that the authorities will know what they did and they will be deported back.
It is very difficult for them, they feel.
“I feel like I am not normal,” Alexia says.
The sisters live in a small room with just a single bed, but they have access to a small bathroom.
One of the sisters has a tattoo of the US flag on her left shoulder.
She is proud of it and is proud that her name is Alexia.
“The UK is a very nice place.
It’s just a shame because they didn’t give us a fair chance.
We are just like everyone else here,” she explains.
Alexia’s mother is a US citizen and was allowed to stay with her in the US.
However, after her deportation, she was denied entry to the UK.
She claims her mother had no idea about her sister’s case until the NIS contacted her, and that her mother did not tell her.
Her mother, who is also named Alexia, has been unable to visit her.
“They told me I would be deported in two weeks and then they would give me a visa, and I would get a new visa to stay in the country,” she said.
“I feel so hopeless.
I feel like they don’t want me to go to school, I feel so alone, so scared.”
She says the British authorities have become increasingly intrusive and invasive, and her mother has been forced to leave the UK for months to attend a US college.
Alexie says the pressure to stay under the radar is so high, she is afraid she will never be allowed to return to Jamaica.
“It is so stressful.
It doesn’t help us at all,” she adds.”
But we are just scared.
We want to go back to the US, we are scared, but I have no way of leaving.”
Alexia is in the process of applying for a US green card, but it has not been granted yet.
Her sister is also trying to apply for a UK green card but it is unclear whether she will be granted one either.
‘It was torture’ In the UK, the sisters have been granted entry to a handful of UK universities, but their lives are limited.
We are only allowed to work in the United Kingdom for a maximum of three months a year, and we have no job, we have very limited access to housing, we don’t have access a car.
Alexia explains that she was locked in a room for days and that she has never seen a roof, electricity or running water in the two years she has lived in the U.K.
Alexi says she is now worried about her future in Jamaica.
She says she has been living in the basement of the family’s house in the city of Kingston, which has a population of around 20,000 people.
Alexy says she was afraid she would be sent to a U.S. jail for her crimes.
“There was no way I was going to go [to Jamaica] unless they granted me a US visa,” she admits.
“[But] they have not granted me anything so far.
I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Alexias father, who was born in the island nation of Barbados, has also been deported to Jamaica since 2013.
His parents were convicted of raping and killing a young girl, known only as ‘Cindy’, in 1981.
Cindys father was eventually released on bail in 1987, and his wife is now serving a life sentence for the crime.
After her release, she lived in a house with her children and worked as a cleaner.
But she says she cannot go back.
“She said she doesn’t know if she will ever come back,” Alexie says.
“If I go back, I will be separated from my family