Essential Worker, Mother Facing Deportation
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Victoria Galindo (previously called "Mariana Lopez" in the media), the head of the household for four children and valued essential worker, secured a Stay of Removal in the US in 2011, and every year since then on the basis of her good conduct and essential support of her family. Victoria works in housekeeping at one of the Ventura hotels housing unhoused veterans, elderly and other vulnerable people under California's Project Roomkey. And in the midst of the Corona-virus pandemic, when her children and community need her more than ever, Victoria's Application for a Stay has been denied. She received her "bag and baggage" notice directing her to appear at the Camarillo ICE office on June 11, carrying no more than 50 pounds of baggage, to be sent to Mexico. She states, "I cannot imagine the day I see another sun." Victoria owns her home and has made her life here, now ICE is pulling the rug out: "I arrived in a foreign land... and now have to return to another foreign land [Mexico]." Her son is a star volleyball player. He just graduated high school and without the help of his mother, he will be unable to pay for housing or attend college. Victoria is the financial support and emotional rock for her children, and if she is deported, this family of heroes - two childcare workers, 1 nursing student and 1 cook at the Mission in Ventura - will be split up and destabilized. How does it help to tear her from her children? What harm does it do to allow her to remain here until her application for lawful status is decided? Please sign below, asking that ICE's Acting Deputy Field Office Director Jennifer Herrera grant the Stay Victoria applied for on Monday June 1, 2020 allowing this family to stay united, helping each other to help our community.
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