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#BringThemHome: Edna Diaz: Visa Revoked, Deported & Banned 5 Years!

They say do things the right way, so Edna tried. She left her home of Tucson to go to Mexico and make a life there. Struggling w/o her family she applied for a tourist visa and came back to visit. On the 4th visit back, for no reason, her visa was revoked & she was banned for 5-years. Nope, not going fly for Edna, she's coming home.

Make a call & ask ICE to grant permission for Edna to come home. Our goal today is 100 calls!

Washington D.C. ICE Office @ 202-732-3000

Sample script: “Hi, I am calling to ask ICE to grant humanitarian parole to Edna Flores, who has spent most of her life in Arizona. She returned to Mexico when she ran out of options in the U.S. and has lived in fear ever since. I think there should be a way for Dreamers like Edna to come home. Please grant her humanitarian parole immediately!"

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The Petition

To John Sandweg, Acting Director of ICE:

I write to ask that you grant humanitarian parole to Edna Flores, and allow for her to come home to her family in Arizona. Edna is one of many Dreamers who was raised here in the United States, yet was forced to go back to her birth country. Edna is now ready to come home, I urge you to grant her parole request allowing her to do so.

Edna came to the U.S. from Mexico with her parents and sister when she was just six years old. She grew up here, attending school from first grade through high school. In Tucson, Arizona, she attended Eisenhower Elementary School, Carson Middle School, and went on to graduate from Westwood High School.

After Edna graduated from high school, she dreamed of attending college. However, she soon discovered it would only be a dream. She tried to apply, but quickly found that her lack of a social security number would prevent her from doing so. So, she turned to looking for work, hoping to help support her family and wait for an opportunity to adjust her status and finally be able to go to college. Despite many interviews and job prospects, there she found all doors closed to her as well due to her immigration status. She had spent nearly her entire life in Arizona, but the state would not allow her to continue her life there. She felt out of options.

After three years of hitting dead ends and having her frustration mount, Edna made an impossible choice. She decided to return to Mexico, where she believed she would be able to work and study. Her parents begged her not leave. Arizona, challenging as it was in 2012, was their home now. However, Edna could not see a future there for herself and she returned to Hermosillo Sonora.

She got a job in a call center for Virgin Mobile a month after returning to Mexico, but quickly found that life in Mexico was not what she had hoped for. “Whenever I speak, based on my accent, people consider me American. I have been almost kidnapped and raped here because I stand out. Living here, I am afraid every day.” She applied for a visa to be able to return to her family in the United States, and thankfully it was granted. In March 2013, she was able to use her visa to begin traveling back and forth to visit her family. She traveled without incident three times, seeing her family in Tucson, and returning to work in the call center in Hermosillo Sonora.

However, on September 19, 2013, she was stopped traveling through the Nogales checkpoint. Her visa was revoked because she had lived in the U.S. before and she was deported to Mexico. She is now barred from returning to the U.S. and seeing her family, all because she lived here since she was a child.

If allowed to come home, Edna hopes to attend college and pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. She would be able to reunite with her parents and her sister. I urge you to grant Edna’s request for parole, and allow her to come home.

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