URGENT UPDATE - July 17, 2012
We thank you for your tremendous outpouring of interest and support for Leticia and her daughter over the last several days.
Sadly, we cannot locate Letica now. We hope that she is okay. We ask that immigration officials who come into contact with her treat her with compassion and sensitivity, and that they prioritize her health care needs. We cannot comment any further on this situation.
PETITION TO STOP THE DEPORTATION OF LETICIA C., A HONDURAN NATIONAL LIVING WITH ADVANCED AIDS
Ms. Leticia C. (Leticia), a 40-year old Honduran national living with advanced stage AIDS, urgently needs your help to stop her imminent deportation to Honduras. She is the single mother of a developmentally disabled, 13-year old U.S. citizen daughter who was born with HIV disease. They live together in Washington, DC. Because she does not have anybody else in the U.S. who could care for her, Leticia’s daughter would have to accompany her mother to Honduras if she were deported. Due to Leticia’s and her daughter’s serious medical conditions, their lives would be at great risk in Honduras.
Regrettably, Leticia received a felony conviction in 2012 for a shoplifting arrest in Virginia. She is deeply remorseful for her actions. Despite the shoplifting conviction, we believe that this incident should not result in her removal to a country where her and her daughter’s lives would be jeopardized.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has scheduled Leticia’s deportation date for July 19, 2012.
Please sign this petition to request ICE to stop her scheduled deportation and grant her request for deferred action.
The lives of Leticia and her daughter are now in the hands of ICE officials. We need your action to ensure they make the right decision. Please tell the responsible authorities at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and ICE that deporting Leticia to Honduras would be inhumane, unconscionable, and completely unnecessary.
The Honorable Janet Napolitano
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
The Honorable John Morton
Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Director Henry Lucero
Field Office Director, ICE -Enforcement and Removal Operations
We, the undersigned, respectfully request that your office stop the deportation of Ms. Leticia C. (A# 205-002-723), a 40-year old national of Honduras who lives in Washington, D.C. Leticia suffers from advanced stage AIDS and is the single mother of a 13-year old, developmentally disabled U.S. citizen girl who was born with HIV disease. Deporting Leticia to Honduras would cause unconscionable suffering to Leticia and her daughter and would lead to their premature deaths.
Leticia’s young daughter must accompany her mother to Honduras if she were deported. Leticia does not have any friends or family members in the U.S. who are willing or able to take care of a special needs child with a serious medical condition and placing her daughter in the care of Washington, D.C.’s Child and Family Services Agency would cause her daughter enormous suffering and irreversible harm as well as a great financial expense to the government of the District of Columbia.
It would be very difficult for Leticia and her daughter to obtain the specialized medical care they need to survive in Honduras. In addition, they would suffer discrimination there because of their medical conditions. Despite Leticia’s criminal convictions relating to a recent shoplifting arrest, she and her daughter should not be condemned to death by deportation.
We hope you will agree that deporting Leticia to Honduras would be a cruel and unnecessary action that is wildly disproportionate to her shoplifting-related crime for which she is deeply remorseful. Leticia is not a danger to society and she does not present a risk to our national security. Most significantly, her young daughter is completely innocent and should not be the victim of such a harsh and life-threatening action.
Thank you for your kind attention to this petition and your immediate action to prevent the tragedy that would result upon Leticia’s deportation.