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#BringThemHome: Lorena Vargas, Banned Until 2022!?!

Lorena is so ready to come home. For two-years now she's been stuck in a country she never wanted to go to in the first place, she only went because she had an approved visa application. ICE made a mistake in denying her visa and now she is banned until 2022. Nope, not going to fly, Lorena IS coming home.

Sign the petition & call ICE; ask them to grant permission for Karen to come home.

Call immigration in D.C. @ 202-732-3000

Sample script: “Hi, I am calling to ask that ICE grant parole for Lorena Vargas, she is a Dreamer who should never have been forced outside of the country. Her mom is a U.S. Citizen. Lorena should be in Tucson with her family, bring her home!"

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The Petition

To John Sandweg, Acting Director of ICE:

Since the age of 6 Lorena Vargas has considered Tucson, Arizona to be her home. She grew up there, she went to school there; everything she knows is in Tucson. I urge you to grant her request for parole and allow for her to reunite with her family.

Lorena’s mother is a U.S. citizen. Lorena left for Mexico two-years ago because her mother had filed a family petition for her to adjust her status. “I left in the middle of my junior year at Amphi high school thinking I’d only be gone for a bit.” To everyone surprise, Lorena was gone for much longer than expected; her request for a visa was denied. On top of that, Lorena was told that she was now banned from returning for 10 years.

Lorena’s request was wrongly denied, the agent misunderstood her birth certificate which was applied for nearly 10 years after her actual birth. The agent assumed Lorena had left Tucson, at the age of 10, to apply for the birth certificate. “My mom sent ICE my school records showing I was in class that day, there is no way I could have been in Mexico.” Despite this proof, immigration has refused to grant Lorena’s visa and bring her home.

Life has not been easy for Lorena in Michoacán, Mexico. “Being a lesbian I have faced hardships in getting along with my own relatives due to their conservative beliefs.” Late last year Lorena was raped. “In Tucson I never had to deal with the stigma of being lesbian. This ordeal has changed me, I find myself experiencing an array of emotions from anger to sadness and loneliness. My family is in Arizona and I am stuck here.”

Lorena should never have had her visa denied. Her family has already reached out to numerous lawyers, members of congress, even Senator McCain. Everyone has told them there is nothing that can be done to reverse the decision made by immigration. I think it’s time for ICE to reverse their decision by granting parole and allowing for Lorena to return home.

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