This Mother's Day - Stop the Deportation of Catia Paz, Loving Mother of Two
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This Mother's Day, Take Action to Save a Family. Without your support, Catia Paz will be deported on May 23 leaving behind grieving young daughters, her husband, a large extended family, and a supportive community.
Catia, now 29, arrived from El Salvador in 2002 at the age of 17. She was the last of a large extended family whose members all came to the U.S. fleeing a war that devastated their country.
Immediately upon her arrival, Catia began seeking legal status in the US. She applied for political asylum and a Temporary Protective Status (TPS) but those applications were denied and Catia was ordered deported. Catia applied for a Stay of Deportation based on President Obama’s prosecutorial discretion policy. After two stays of her deportation for one year each were granted, her third application was denied on March 24 by ICE Field Office Director Yvonne Evans, stating: “I find no compelling reason to warrant a favorable exercise of my discretion at this time.”
We disagree. We find it “compelling” that during her twelve years here, Catia graduated from high school and bought a home with her husband German. They became activists in their church; all of the congregants signing a petition to support her. She has worked for seven years for the same department store; 25 of her coworkers writing letters of support.
But, the most “compelling” reasons for Catia to stay are Genesis Reyes, age five, and two year old Alison. These are the children that will grow up without a mother if Catia is deported.
We ask for your support this Mother’s Day to tell Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, and Congressman Gerry Connolly to use their influence and demand the Department of Homeland Security stop Catia's deportation.
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