• Petitioned Timothy Aitken, Field Office Director (SF)

This petition was delivered to:

Department of Homeland Security - Immigration Customs Enforcement
Timothy Aitken, Field Office Director (SF)

ICE: Stop the Deportation of Natividad Matias Mendoza!

    1. Aliya Karmali
    2. Petition by

      Aliya Karmali

      Oakland, CA

March 2013


From Aliya Karmali: I delivered the request for a stay of my client's deportation along with supporting evidence and 300+ signatories to the petition. I did not expect that it would get granted, and am not sure what did the trick. But ICE granted my client a stay of 6 months to pursue immigration relief. Hopefully it will be renewed as her case progresses. Thank you Change.org!

ICE - (Immigration Customs Enforcement) recently denied my client Natividad Matias Mendoza's administrative stay of removal, as has the Immigration Judge in Detroit, Michigan, where she lived until recently. On Monday, March 25th 2013, we are renewing our request for a stay of removal. Your help is urgently needed!

Natividad is scheduled to be deported to Guatemala in the early hours of Tuesday, March 26th 2013. She has not been in Guatemala in 20 years, and faces great risk of persecution, violence and poverty if removed from the U.S.

Please sign this petition and share it as widely as possible to call on ICE to stop the deportation of Natividad Matias Mendoza!

She is a mother of three U.S. citizen children ages 12, 7, and 2, and has been in the United States for 15 years. Natividad is a crucial part of her family and community in Oakland, California and deserves to remain united with her family. She has done no wrong. She is in the U.S. because she was forced to flee the violence of Guatemala during the Civil War in the early 1990s to seek a better life for herself and her children.

Tell ICE that this deportation must stop! Demand that ICE halt Natividad's removal immediately!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Diana Omori NEW YORK, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      I am a third generation Japanese American and my parents were also forced to evacuate CA in 1942.

    • Jeffrey Kaye NOVATO, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Basic decency and safety, not to mention the well-being of the individual and her children, all argue for the exercise of prosecutorial discretion and the halting of removal procedures. Natividad's removal should be stayed.

    • Michael Smith APTOS, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Deportations need due process

    • Susan Fraser SANTA FE, NM
      • over 1 year ago

      Why is this not important to everyone?

      • over 1 year ago

      I know first hand that after 20 years away from your country, particularly one plagued with violence like Guatemala, without resources and as deportee, Natividad will face horror, crime against her and misery. This goes against what our country stands for. What is this country doing separating a mother from her small children? Where are the principles and values that we say we defend in this country? Please, stop this nonsense! Let humanity and compassion win! This is not a criminal that is harming our society.


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