Keep Mariola Home with her Son: Grant Her a Stay of Removal!
Mariola Pérez immigrated to the US from Guatemala in 2010 to flee from domestic violence and persecution as an indigenous Mayan minority, seeking to provide a future for her 3-year-old son, Ernesto, who was born after she arrived in this country and is a US citizen. Since her arrival, Mariola has devoted herself to two things: her education, and her son. She began with ESL classes at local universities, went on to study for the GED, and is now in a one-year college readiness program at Operation Booststrap in Lynn, MA. She has worked cleaning houses and delivering newspapers to care for her son and has also become a leader and advocate in the immigrant rights community, speaking out on stopping deportations and passing immigration reform.
Last week, Mariola was pulled over by police when found driving without a license. Because Massachusetts is part of the “Secure Communities” program, which allows local law enforcement to share information from arrests with ICE, she is now facing imminent deportation, which would be disastrous for her family. If is deported, her health and safety will be threatened, as will that of her son, who suffers from asthma and other chronic medical conditions. "I don't know what we will do if I am deported. I don't want him exposed to the abusive environment that he Mariola would endure in Guatemala.”
Mariola dreams to attend college and become a productive member of her community. However, ICE has targeted her for deportation, forcibly separating her- a single mother- from her son. Obama’s recently released memo acknowledged the devastating consequences of deporting parents of US children, and said ICE should take steps to keep families together by avoiding the deportation of such parents. Take action now-- urge I.C.E. to follow the spirit of Pres. Obama’s memo and grant Mariola Pérez a stay of removal!
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