We are writing to you to request that Mariola Pérez be granted a stay of removal. Mariola is a hardworking, amazing mother, and a contributing member of the Salem community in Massachusetts. Since Mariola arrived in Salem, she has devoted herself to studying English, working two jobs (as a housecleaner and newspaper deliverer), and providing her son with a good education, cultural opportunities,...
We are writing to you to request that Mariola Pérez be granted a stay of removal. Mariola is a hardworking, amazing mother, and a contributing member of the Salem community in Massachusetts. Since Mariola arrived in Salem, she has devoted herself to studying English, working two jobs (as a housecleaner and newspaper deliverer), and providing her son with a good education, cultural opportunities, and a healthy environment.
Mariola has many connections in the North Shore and the Boston community and has developed a supportive network of friends. Her academic English has steadily improved since her arrival, and she was recently admitted into a pre-college program, achieving her lifelong dream of attending college.
Two weeks ago, Mariola’s hopes and dreams were jeopardized when ICE arrested her for driving without a license and identified her as not having the proper documentation to live in the United States. Because of the Secure Communities Program, ICE was able to identify Mariola’s prior arrests at the U.S./Mexican borders when she was desperately trying to flee from violence in Guatemala.
As friends of Mariola, we are anguished over the fact that ICE is considering breaking up her family and endangering her by forcing her to move back to Guatemala, where she, especially as a single mother with child, would be forced to live in conditions of inescapable violence and extreme poverty.
In the U.S., Mariola was able to build significant relationships and share her knowledge and support with others. Amongst her many contributions, Mariola has helped youth in MA through her volunteer work with the Student Immigrant Movement, a youth organization advocating for equitable higher education access for immigrant youth. She has worked hard to provide a safe future for her child and has become a community role model for single mothers like herself.
We are aware that Mariola would like to stay in the US because she wants what’s best for her three years old US citizen son, Ernesto. Mariola is rightfully concerned about the emotional trauma her son would experience if his only parent were deported- the abrupt interruption in his education in the states, the bonds he has establish with the community and the life he has created here since his birth.
Mariola is an invaluable member of our community. Separating her from her family and friends here would be a devastating loss for us all. We are asking you help us protect the well-being of those members of our community, such as Mariola, who need our support. We can begin to do this by referring to Obama’s recently released memo, which directs ICE to consider primary caregivers when making detention and deportation decisions. Considering these factors, we urge ICE to follow the spirit of President Obama's memo and grant Mariola a stay of removal.