Department of Homeland Security - Secretary Nielson: Help Stop The Deportation of Our Mom

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My two younger siblings and I are American citizens and our family is being torn apart.

My mom, Irma Rodriguez came into this country in 1994 when she was 24. She was detained on August 1st 2018 while she was working as a cashier at Amego Mini Mart. She has been working there for about 7 years and there has never been a situation like this. CPD came in because they heard rumors about selling fake merchandise (shirts, hats, etc.) which she never participated in.They asked for her identification and all she had was her identification from Mexico. They told her that she had to be taken because she worked there and because she was here illegally. It's been two weeks and Homeland Security has given it a week to investigate and decide what decision will be taken. Under the sanctuary city law that is affective in Chicago, CPD cannot work with ICE.

Alderman Danny Solis, Emma Lorenzo and the Resurrection Project, etc. have been working with a lawyer to defend my moms rights. She has no past criminal records, no problems with anyone and has always been a hardworking woman. She started working when I was about 3 years old at a mini mart as well and she would always take me to work with her, as well as my other two younger siblings. She attended a few classes to learn and better her English, to try and communicate and has always wanted to become a nurse, which she was unable to because she has always thought about caring for us first. She's a caring and friendly person, as the majority of the Pilsen Community knows this.

She has her mother and father in Mexico, which she has always been providing for. She has a 18 year old daughter that will be attending U of I but will not see her graduate, as well as a 16 year old son who will graduate high school without our mother being here. She is a caring passionate mother, always brings smiles to everyone she meets and should remain here with her family and friends.

As of right now, my father and I are providing and supporting my younger siblings but we miss our mom and we need her back. There are worse crimes going on in Chicago and this was an unfair thing to do. Please sign this petition to keep our family together.