• Petitioned Missouri Courts

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Give Encarnacion Bail Romero Back Her Baby!

    1. Rebecca Haynes
    2. Petition by

      Rebecca Haynes

      Durham, NC

Two days ago, a Missouri judge ruled that a young Guatemalan woman who entered the United States illegally has no rights whatsoever to her son, Carlos or, as she called him when she last saw him four years ago, Carlitos. It looks like this ruling will allow adoption proceedings by Melinda and Seth Moser to go forward.

Encarnacion Bail Romero was arrested after a raid on a chicken processing plant and her baby boy -- 11 months old at the time -- was handed over to the Mosers as foster parents. Encarnacion has been fighting to get him back ever since. Carlos is now five years old.

The judge ruled that because Encarnacion had been put in jail that she had "abandoned" her baby, who was born in the US. The judge also ruled that entering the US illegally made her ipso facto unfit as a mother.

Encarnacion has not been allowed to see her baby since he was taken from her, and the latest judge in this case also determined that she can never see Carlos again.

Are the US courts now in the business of stealing babies from poor and defenseless women? Granted, she entered the US illegally but that in no way allows a judge and foster parents to take her child, argue that she is unfit as a mother and hand her over to be adopted by someone else. 

Encarnacion was put at an extreme disadvantage during the court hearings because 1) her earlier lawyers were hired by the Mosers who just wanted to get her child away from her and 2) most if not all of the hearings were held only in English -- Encarnacion, who speaks little English, was not provided a translator.

This ruling is astoundingly cruel, unjust, unconstitutional, inhumane and beneath the dignity of the United States of America.

This petition is not a defense of illegal immigration -- it is simply a defense of a mother's right to keep her child. Encarnacion and Carlitos should have been sent back to Guatemala after she was caught -- the boy should not have been taken from her.

We the undersigned believe that Carlos should be immediately returned to his rightful mother, Encarnacion Bail Romero, and that all adoption proceedings should be stopped.

You can see on her face in the following link how much she has suffered at the hands of the Missouri legal system. Whatever one may think of illegal immigration, it's  impossible not to moved by her plight and to want to correct this enormous injustice. The mother must be reunited with her child.

(For more information, here is a link at ABCNews: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/immigrant-mom-loses-effort-regain-son-us-parents/story?id=16803067#.UAmUiFElbFJ)

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    Reasons for signing

    • Micah Lee BERKELEY, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I think it's horrible that my government kidnaps children from parents who love them.

    • Glenna Mayer JUPITER, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      For decades US businesses have encouraged immigrants to work in their plants, now you come and arrest people at work? That is wrong and if anything start with the employer, though if you do our prices will go through the roof. On top of that you take her child? How shameful is this system of entrapment and scaring a child for life. You all should be ashamed of your non humane decisions.

    • Melody Mayer BURLINGAME, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      When I heard about this case, I cried. I cannot believe that this could happen to a woman so deserving of her child. I pray that she will have the strength and resources to appeal, and keep appealing, until she wins. This is a human rights violation, one of the most inhumane. This child will look for her when he is of age to understand her love and devotion, and will one day call her mama again.

    • cecile amoric PARIS, FRANCE
      • about 2 years ago

      can't imagine to have a mother be seperated from her child.....this is so unhuman....

    • amanda valenzuela STERLING, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      I don't agree with what happen she should of never got her son token from her give this woman her son back


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