Stop Sara’s deportation.  Don’t let ICE take her away from her daughter.
  • Petitioned Immigration and Customs Enforcement "ICE" Director John Morton

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement "ICE" Director John Morton

Stop Sara’s deportation. Don’t let ICE take her away from her daughter.

    1. The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC)
    2. Petition by

      The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC)

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May 2012

Victory

From The New York Immigration Coalition: On May 4, 2012, Sara received word that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would drop deportation proceedings against her. This victory would not have happened without: Sara—Whose love for her daughter, commitment to her community, and whose courage and integrity were an inspiration to all of us who embarked on this campaign in her defense. Sara’s Sunset Park community—The numerous church and non-profit groups that knew Sara, benefited from her volunteerism, and came out to defend her. You—Who signed hundreds of petitions to ICE urging them not to deport Sara Martinez. Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez—Sara’s representative in Congress, whose letter to and direct advocacy with ICE Director John Morton triggered ICE’s decision to stop the deportation proceedings against Sara. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand—and her intervention on Sara’s behalf. The Media—which saw injustice and shone a light on it. Thank you to all those who supported this effort!

On New Year’s Day 2011, Sara, an immigrant from Ecuador and a hardworking mom living in New York City was at a bus station in Rochester on the way home from visiting family over the holidays. When Sara got on the bus, she was approached by three border patrol officers who asked her for identification. Since she was unable to show federal ID, they ordered Sara to get off the bus and get into a border patrol vehicle, where she was handcuffed while her 6-year-old daughter, an American citizen, watched helplessly. After the incident, Sara was given a notice to appear before a deportation judge.


As a result of watching her mother taken away in handcuffs, Sara’s daughter has been suffering from nightmares and severe anxiety. Her daughter has been under the care of a psychotherapist and is afraid that the “police” are going to come again and take her mother far away from her. She has trouble sleeping and eating. She weighs only 35 pounds.


Sara has kept on fighting for her family and has appealed to ICE three times for relief under the new prosecutorial discretion policy. Under the new policy, immigrants who have close ties to the community and do not pose a threat to public safety or otherwise fall under one of the agency’s priorities are favored for an exercise of discretion. Yet Sara has been denied three times with no explanation by ICE.


ICE claims Sara doesn’t fit the profile for prosecutorial discretion. This is Sara’s profile:


“I am an honest hard working single mom, who lives within the Christian principles, struggling everyday providing my daughter, who has health issues. I work to take care of my daughter and I used to send money home to my 97-year-old disabled adoptive mother, who had only one leg, until she died a couple of weeks ago. I couldn’t go to her funeral or even say goodbye to her.” – Sara Martinez


Since Sara came to the United States, she has paid her taxes, learned English, and been involved in her community. Sara simply wants to give her daughter a better life than she has had. Sara herself was abandoned by her biological mother at three months old, suffered sexual abuse in her childhood, and physical and emotional abuse for 20 years of her marriage.


Sara cannot return to Ecuador, where there is little hope for a decent future for her daughter and no opportunities for her to provide for her daughter’s needs.

Please take action by signing this petition to ICE Director John Morton demanding that Sara stay in the United States with her daughter.

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    1. Brooklyn Mom SAVED FROM DEPORTATION!

      On May 4, 2012, Sara received word that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would drop deportation proceedings against her.
      This victory would not have happened without:
      Sara—Whose love for her daughter, commitment to her community, and whose courage and integrity were an inspiration to all of us who embarked on this campaign in her defense.
      Sara’s Sunset Park community—The numerous church and non-profit groups that knew Sara, benefited from her volunteerism, and came out to defend her.
      You—Who signed hundreds of petitions to ICE urging them not to deport Sara Martinez.
      Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez—Sara’s representative in Congress, whose letter to and direct advocacy with ICE Director John Morton triggered ICE’s decision to stop the deportation proceedings against Sara.
      Senator Kirsten Gillibrand—and her intervention on Sara’s behalf.
      The Media—which saw injustice and shone a light on it.
      Thank you to all those who supported this effort!

    2. Reached 250 signatures

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    • Friendtz A HAITI, HAITI
      • over 2 years ago

      Stop Sara’s deportation.

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    • Robert Kennedy NEW YORK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      This is a totally unhuman policy and morally indefensible in an alleged Christian society

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    • David Sweenie FULTON, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      I am dismayed by BP,ICE,and DHS ignoring

      directives about implementing prosecutorial discretion and have seen that in my home area of Central NY that it is "business as usual" regarding the immigrant community. Where is the oversight and accountability with these agencies? I don't believe there is

      any and frankly that thought upsets and frightens me. Our treatment of immigrants is a national SHAME and needs to be reformed as soon as possible!

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    • Sr Claire Regan NEW ORLEANS, LA
      • over 2 years ago

      In America, we should be free to ride trains and buses and not be treated as criminals before our children!

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    • Helen Tang MT VERNON, UNITED STATES MINOR OUTLYING ISLANDS
      • over 2 years ago

      I am an RN ,I work with children who are separated from their families .I see the effect.

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