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DON’T DEPORT GRANDMA HILARIA! SHE'S BEEN IN THE UNITED STATES FOR 19 YEARS!


Hilaria Valentin, a grandmother of 3 US Citizens, church councilmember and nursing home volunteer now faces deportation after 19 years in the US after she was profiled on a train from Chicago to New York. Demand that Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) exercise its prosecutorial discretion and allow Hilaria Valentin-Justoso to remain in the United States with her family, friends, and church community so that she may continue to serve the community as she has for the past 19 plus years.

Hilaria first came to the United States in October, 1993 and has remained in the United States since that time. In October, 2012, she will have been in the United States for 19 years. During this time she established many ties to her community in the United States. She has family ties in New York City and elsewhere in the United States. Her Uncle lives in the Bronx. Her Daughter, Norma and her three United States Citizen Grandchildren, Leslie, Jason, and Moises live in Chicago. The Respondent has built a life for herself here in the United States over the last 19 years, deeply rooting herself in the local Brooklyn community. Uprooting her from Brooklyn would destroy the many ties she has in the community and take her valued and needed services away.

Over the last 19 years, Hilaria has touched the lives of numerous individuals in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and the surrounding community, as evidenced by over 650 letters/signatures from community members attesting to her good character and contributions to the community that were submitted to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to exercise its discretion in regards to her immigration matters. She is also an active member of her Church and participates and volunteers for many church groups and activities. Outside the Church, she assists elderly United States Citizens who require care, helping them with household chores and cooking, often using personal resources. She also pays regular visits to the local nursing home to offer her time. Community and church members describe Hilaria as a “generous,” “hardworking,” “helpful,” “dedicated,” and “remarkable” woman.

Hilaria has few existing connections to Mexico. She has not been Mexico in almost 19 years and the majority of her immediate family members reside in the United States. Aside from her elderly father and uncles, she has no immediate family living in Mexico. She owns no property in Mexico. She would not have a home to move into were she to be removed from the United States. Furthermore, she would not be able to find employment in Mexico in order to support herself. Hilaria fears returning to Mexico, specifically to her home state of Guerrero, where drug/cartel violence is at an all time high.
Around 10 years ago, Hilaria was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Since that time, she has been receiving regular treatment for her condition and takes daily medication. As a result of this treatment, she has been able to keep the condition under control. Occasionally her blood levels rise and they treat her with medication.
Over the past 19 years, the Respondent has worked hard to provide for herself and her family. She has worked cleaning houses for friends and others in the local community in order to pay her expenses and support herself. She also sublets a portion of her apartment in Brooklyn in order to subsidize her income. Hilaria has also filed her taxes and is currently in repayment for any back-taxes that she may owe.

During Hilaria’s 19 year residence in the United States, aside from being picked up by ICE, she has maintained good moral character, never been arrested, committed, or convicted of any crime, and has served her community as a volunteer as discussed above. She wound up being detained after ICE officers engaged in profiling and pulled her out of a train on its way from Chicago to New York. She had been visiting her daughter and three United States Citizen grandchildren.

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Hilaria Valentin, una abuela de 3 ciudadanos estadounidenses, concejal de Iglesia y voluntaria de hogar de ancianos, ahora enfrenta deportación tras 19 años en los Estados Unidos después de que ella fue perfilada en un tren desde Chicago a Nueva York. Demande que inmigración y aduanas (ICE) ejercen su discreción prosecutorial y permitan a Hilaria Valentin-Justoso permanecer en los Estados Unidos con su familia, amigos y comunidad de la Iglesia para que ella pueda seguir sirviendo a la comunidad que ha ayudado por los últimos 19 más años.

Hilaria primero llegó a los Estados Unidos en octubre de 1993 y desde entonces se ha mantenido en los Estados Unidos. En octubre de 2012, ella habrá estado en los Estados Unidos por 19 años. Durante este tiempo ella estableció muchos lazos con su comunidad en los Estados Unidos. Ella tiene vínculos familiares en la ciudad de Nueva York y otros lugares en los Estados Unidos. Su tío vive en el Bronx. Su hija, Norma y sus tres nietos ciudadanos de Estados Unidos, Leslie, Jason y Moises viven en Chicago. El demandado ha construido una vida para ella aquí en los Estados Unidos en los últimos 19 años, profundamente su enraizada en la comunidad local de Brooklyn. Sacarla de Brooklyn sería destruir los muchos lazos que ella tiene en la comunidad y los servicios valiosos y necesarios que hace.

En los últimos 19 años, Hilaria ha tocado las vidas de numerosos individuos en Sunset Park, Brooklyn y la comunidad circundante, como lo atestiguan cartas de más de 650/firmas de miembros de la comunidad que acredita su buen carácter y contribuciones a la comunidad que se presentaron a inmigración y aduanas (ICE) para ejercer su discreción en cuanto a sus asuntos de inmigración. Ella es también un miembro activo de su iglesia y participa y es voluntaria para muchos grupos religiosos y actividades. Fuera de la Iglesia, ella ayuda a los ciudadanos mayores de Estados Unidos que requieren atención, ayudarles con las tareas del hogar y cocina, a menudo utilizando recursos personales. Ella también hace visitas regulares a los ancianos locales, ofreciéndoles su tiempo. Los miembros de la comunidad y la Iglesia describen Hilaria como  "generosa", "trabajadora," "útil", "dedicada" y una mujer "notable".

Hilaria tiene pocas conexiones existentes con México. A México no ha ido en casi 19 años y la mayoría de los miembros de su familia inmediata reside en los Estados Unidos. Aparte de su anciano padre y tíos, ella no tiene ninguna familia viviendo en México. No es propietaria de ninguna propiedad en México. Ella no tendría un hogar a donde vivir si la a ella la fueron a retirar de los Estados Unidos. Además, ella no sería capaz de encontrar empleo en México para apoyarse a sí misma. Hilaria teme regresar a México, específicamente a su estado natal de Guerrero, donde la violencia del cartel de la droga está en un alto de todos los tiempos.
Hace unos 10 años Hilaria fue diagnosticada con Diabetes tipo 2. Desde entonces, ella ha estado recibiendo tratamiento para su condición y toma medicación diaria. Como resultado de este tratamiento, ha sido capaz de mantener la situación bajo control. De vez en cuando aumentan los niveles de sus sangre y le tratan con medicamentos.
En los últimos 19 años, la demandada ha trabajado duro para proveer para ella y su familia. Ha trabajado en limpieza de casas para los amigos y otros en la comunidad local con el fin de pagar sus gastos y mantenerse. Ella también renta una porción de su apartamento en Brooklyn con el fin de subsidiar sus ingresos. Hilaria también ha presentado sus impuestos y está actualmente en el pago de cualquier impuesto de espalda que ella pueda deber.

Durante 19 año de residencia en los Estados Unidos Hilaria, aparte de ser recogido por el Inmigración, ella ha mantenido buen carácter moral, nunca ha sido detenida, ni cometido o condenada por cualquier delito y ha servido a su comunidad como voluntaria como hemos comentado anteriormente. Ella terminó siendo detenido después de que agentes de ICE la vieron con aspecto de extranjera y la sacaron de un tren en su camino desde Chicago a Nueva York. Ella había estado visitando a su hija y tres nietos ciudadanos de Estados Unidos.

Letter to
ICE
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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DON’T DEPORT GRANDMA HILARIA! SHE'S BEEN IN THE UNITED STATES FOR 19 YEARS!

Hilaria Valentin, a grandmother of 3 US Citizens, church councilmember and nursing home volunteer now faces deportation after 19 years in the US after she was possibly profiled on a train from Chicago to New York. Ask Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) to exercise its prosecutorial discretion and allow Hilaria Valentin-Justoso to remain in the United States with her family, friends, and church community so that she may continue to serve the community as she has for the past 19 plus years.

Hilaria first came to the United States in October, 1993 and has remained in the United States since that time. In October, 2012, she will have been in the United States for 19 years. During this time she established many ties to her community in the United States. She has family ties in New York City and elsewhere in the United States. Her Uncle lives in the Bronx. Her Daughter, Norma and her three United States Citizen Grandchildren, Leslie, Jason, and Moises live in Chicago. The Respondent has built a life for herself here in the United States over the last 19 years, deeply rooting herself in the local Brooklyn community. Uprooting her from Brooklyn would destroy the many ties she has in the community and take her valued and needed services away.

Over the last 19 years, Hilaria has touched the lives of numerous individuals in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and the surrounding community, as evidenced by over 650 letters/signatures from community members attesting to her good character and contributions to the community that were submitted to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to exercise its discretion in regards to her immigration matters. She is also an active member of her Church and participates and volunteers for many church groups and activities. Outside the Church, she assists elderly United States Citizens who require care, helping them with household chores and cooking, often using personal resources. She also pays regular visits to the local nursing home to offer her time. Community and church members describe Hilaria as a “generous,” “hardworking,” “helpful,” “dedicated,” and “remarkable” woman.

Hilaria has few existing connections to Mexico. She has not been Mexico in almost 19 years and the majority of her immediate family members reside in the United States. Aside from her elderly father and uncles, she has no immediate family living in Mexico. She owns no property in Mexico. She would not have a home to move into were she to be removed from the United States. Furthermore, she would not be able to find employment in Mexico in order to support herself. Hilaria fears returning to Mexico, specifically to her home state of Guerrero, where drug/cartel violence is at an all time high.
Around 10 years ago, Hilaria was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Since that time, she has been receiving regular treatment for her condition and takes daily medication. As a result of this treatment, she has been able to keep the condition under control. Occasionally her blood levels rise and they treat her with medication.
Over the past 19 years, the Respondent has worked hard to provide for herself and her family. She has worked cleaning houses for friends and others in the local community in order to pay her expenses and support herself. She also sublets a portion of her apartment in Brooklyn in order to subsidize her income. Hilaria has also filed her taxes and is currently in repayment for any back-taxes that she may owe.

During Hilaria’s 19 year residence in the United States, aside from being picked up by ICE, she has maintained good moral character, never been arrested, committed, or convicted of any crime, and has served her community as a volunteer as discussed above. She wound up being detained after ICE officers engaged in profiling and pulled her out of a train/bus on its way from Chicago to New York. She had been visiting her daughter and three United States Citizen grandchildren.


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Sincerely,