Save Enid's Mommy: Stop the Deportation of Hortencia Aguirre Verduzco!
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DHS Secretary
Janet Napolitano
ICE Officer
Officer Annala
Director, Executive Office for Immigration Review
Juan P. Osuna
U.S. House of Representatives
Congressman David Price
U.S. Immigration Judge
The Honorable J. Dan Pelletier, Sr
ICE Director
John Morton
ICE Director
John Morton
Atlanta Field Office Director
Felicia S. Skinner
U.S. Chief Immigration Judge
Brian M. O'Leary
North Carolina
Sen. Richard Burr
North Carolina
Sen. Kay Hagan

Save Enid's Mommy: Stop the Deportation of Hortencia Aguirre Verduzco!

    1. M Mays
    2. Petition by

      M Mays

      Morrisville, NC

Hortencia Aguirre Verduzco (Alien # 073722407) was issued a removal order by Judge J. Dan Pelletier, Sr. on May 8, 2012.   Hortencia is currently being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the North Georgia Detention Center in Gainesville, GA. 

Hortencia Aguirre Verduzco is an extremely deserving immigrant who is in desperate need of your support and intervention. 

Hortencia has gained overwhelming support from her friends, neighbors, coworkers, local community members, town mayor and even Federal Judge Malcolm Jones Howard who read Hortencia’s story prior to sentencing her in April and based on her exemplary character and honorable background, went outside of the judiciary guidelines to end her sentence immediately. 

The honorable Judge Howard clearly saw what we all see:  Hortencia is not a criminal. Despite this, she has been held in detention for over 6 months.

Hortencia arrived in the United State legally via visitor’s visa in 1992.  She did not speak English.  Eager to begin her new life in this great land of opportunity, Hortencia quickly sought out a lawyer to assist her with gaining legal permanent residence.   She paid a great deal of money for this legal assistance and was unfortunately seriously misled by the attorney she entrusted.  Hortencia fell victim to her own naivety and incompetence when her lawyer knowingly misrepresented her by submitting false information on her behalf.  Based on the documents presented to her by her attorney, Hortencia signed papers listing her birthplace as “Malacatan, Guatemala”, a town only 15 miles east of the area in Mexico where Hortencia was actually born and raised.  This new information about her birthplace did not raise red flags for Hortencia, as her mother and father were both former residents of Guatemala, and the birth record keeping in that time period was very limited, at best. 

Confident that she now possessed valid and legal immigration documents, Hortencia went about her life in Fort Pierce, Florida.  She worked on a farm picking oranges, then in a packing house boxing oranges.   Even while suffering extreme reactions to the farm’s pesticides, Hortencia worked long and grueling hours to pay for the legal assistance her immigration status required. 

Life seemed to be going well for Hortencia, however the man in Florida whom she had come to love and marry was subjecting her to daily physical and emotional abuse. Hortencia bravely escaped the abusive marriage.

Things were looking up until August 22, when ICE raided her home.

Hortencia was confused and dumbfounded. Hortencia was now aware that her immigration documents had been invalid the entire time and she was in fact an illegal alien.  The stunning realization was compounded when Hortencia was arrested and charged with a felony on October 31, 2011.   A former victim of domestic violence and having lived alone with her young daughter, Hortencia previously obtained a small firearm as a safety precaution.  Although the gun was never used and had been legally obtained by applying for a permit at her local sheriff’s department, Hortencia’s newly discovered illegal status was all that was needed to turn this innocent possession into a federal crime.

Because U.S. law states that a felony has occurred if an illegal alien possesses a weapon, whether or not he or she was aware of their illegal status, Hortencia was advised by her attorneys to sign a plea agreement accepting the federal charges in an effort to shorten her prison sentence and hasten the time in which she is reunited with her child.  

As Hortencia sits alone day after day, separated from her dear daughter Enid and all that she knows, there is no light at the end of her dark tunnel.  When she is finally allowed to step out of those jail doors and breathe in the fresh air, she will not be going home.  There will be no joyous homecoming celebration. Hortencia will be deported.  Cast off to a country where chance, not choice, birthed her:  A country full of crime and violence, devoid of the rich opportunities she worked so hard for in the United States. 

Worst of all, Hortencia will be faced with the awful choice no parent wants to imagine:  Leave behind her most precious possession, her sweet innocent child; or take her young daughter to Mexico and away from the safety, security and opportunity of the United States. 

We urge you to carefully examine the details presented in this letter and to visit our website www.saveenidsmommy.com to read Hortencia's personal testimony.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Wonderful news!!

      M Mays
      by M Mays
      Petition Organizer

      The judge dropped the aggravated felony against Hortencia today!!! We still have a fight on our hands, but this is HUGE!! We sent this judge everyone of your signatures so please know that each and every one of you helped her!! Thank you and keep praying!! Any calls to ICE as requested below would be a huge help right now! Thank you! You DO make a difference!!!

    2. Reached 50,000 signatures
    3. An article in our local newpaper today

      M Mays
      by M Mays
      Petition Organizer

      Please read and call the Immigration office today. Thanks!

    4. Phone Bank information

      M Mays
      by M Mays
      Petition Organizer

      Please visit our facebook page to get the information regarding our phone bank. We ask that you call anytime and as many time as you would like between now and June 1st.

    5. Our story was aired on the local news!

      M Mays
      by M Mays
      Petition Organizer

      Please watch the video in the news story. This has helped us gain even more supporters. We will also be requesting your help early next week for a phone bank. Please consider helping us continue to fight. Thanks for your support!

    6. Reached 1,500 signatures
    7. Bad news-need help.

      M Mays
      by M Mays
      Petition Organizer

      Hortencia was ordered deported today at her court hearing. We didn't even realize this was a possibility today. We are absolutely sick over this and trying our best to see if there is any hope at all for a last minute resolution. Please keep Hortencia and her sweet Enid in your prayers.

    8. Reached 1,000 signatures

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    • Teresa Noval LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ
      • almost 2 years ago

      This is a frustrating story that should make anyone scream aloud. This is a human beings life being taken away-she has a beautiful child that is suffering as well. Disorganized unlawful representation, misinterpreted law and paper minutia once again reigns over life- how do we let this happen everyday?

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      • almost 2 years ago

      My father who was not a citizen had my brother and I here in the U.S., therefore we are citizens. He was deported when I was 14 years old and I cannot even explain the inner turmoil and grief it inflicted on our entire family. It is a traumatic experience and I still deal with caring for him to this day which includes sending him money to survive, visiting him as he is aging. Not to mention that I cannot afford to go to school. I can't even live a normal life because it is as if I had a child WAY too young. The mistakes a person makes in this world should not be judged by people who have no compassion for the families. My Dad is the best Dad in the world and many people love him and cried when he went back. I don't think anyone else should have to go through what I went through and am still dealing with. It is to a point that I have no time to sleep and no matter what I do, my best only scratches the surface of our basic everyday living. It is not at all easy OR fair to have your parent deported.

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    • Lola Medina GARLAND, TX
      • almost 2 years ago

      The only people who ARE NOT IMMIGRANTS of the United States are the Native American and look what was done to them...EVERYONE here in America is an "alien" whether legal or illegal.

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    • Glenis Nelson KNOXVILLE, TN
      • almost 2 years ago

      The rule of law is very important. We must enforce immigration law to the highest level

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    • Sarah Ali BRONX, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      because my dad my get deported too

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