ICE: Stop the deportation of Maria Luna

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Urge ICE to stop the deportation of Maria Guadalupe Luna Rodriguez (A# 205-023-456). Maria's final removal hearing is set for June 10, 2014. She suffers from a severe and rare form of epilepsy and is being monitored for brain surgery. Her health depends on remaining in the U.S. to continue receiving medical treatment. Please ask ICE to grant prosecutorial discretion and allow Maria to receive the medical attention she needs.

On June 10, 2014, just one month away, Maria Luna has her final removal hearing in front of an immigration judge. She has twice requested that ICE exercise its prosecutorial discretion to close her case and was denied both times without explanation.

Maria suffers from a severe and rare form of epilepsy. She has been plagued with frequent and debilitating seizures since childhood. While in Mexico, Maria’s attacks happened without warning, resulting in many still-visible scars, such as the severe burns she got from having an attack while she was cooking with hot oil. Even with the medications she used in Mexico, her epilepsy was completely uncontrolled. 

Maria’s life changed when she came to the United States 14 years ago. She initially came in order to work and earn enough money to pay for her medications. Maria now has a neurologist with specialized knowledge about her seizure disorder. The medical care Maria has received in the U.S. has allowed her to live as normal a life as possible and to become involved in her community. Maria is a member of two churches and regularly attends both. At one of her churches, Maria volunteers about 5 hours per week helping to teach catechism.

In 2011, Maria was put into removal proceedings after a dispute with a roommate, who told Maria she was going to get her deported. Maria was afraid of the roommate, so she left the house, but the roommate called the police. When she learned that the police were looking for her, Maria turned herself in to the police station. She was arrested and transferred to ICE custody because of the Secure Communities program. After successfully completing 3 years of probation, Maria’s criminal case was dismissed by the California Superior Court. However, Maria remains under threat of deportation, an extreme punishment for a person who poses no threat to the community.

Even with Maria’s current high-quality medical care, her seizures continue to happen several times a month, each attack putting her life at risk. Her neurologist believes it is necessary for Maria to have surgery, and recently discovered that she is a candidate for a brain surgery that may completely cure her epilepsy. The surgery is highly specialized and is performed in very few hospitals. Luckily, Maria has been referred to UCSF, where she will be monitored for the next several months—as long as ICE agrees to halt her removal proceedings.

Please support Maria in her third attempt to prevent her imminent deportation!


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