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Another Low-Priority Deportation: "I will be killed if deported to Venezuela"

Maria Leon worked as a presidential flight attendant in Venezuela, as you can see she worked directly with Hugo Chavez. Given her position she now fears being deported. Maria's marriage application was actually approved on July 25th, yet ICE still refuses to release her from detention.

Maria's only hope is for Sen. Nelson / Sen. Rubio to intervene.

Make a call and Sign petition:

Senator Rubio

Washington D.C.: 202-224-3041
Orlando: 407-254-2573

Senator Nelson:

Washington D.C.: 202-224-5274
Orlando: 407-872-7161

"Hi, I am calling to ask the Senator to take a position on Maria Leon's case (A# 088-610-386). Maria's I-130 marriage application was approved on July 25th and she is still detained. Why won't the senator take a position on her case and issue a letter of support?"

If Rubio or Nelson's Office Tells You . . .

If Rubio or Nelson's office tells you 'we are working with the family tell them you just heard from DreamActivist.org that they are not! Tell them you KNOW Obama can fix this, but Rubio and Nelson can ALSO fix this. Don't let Rubio and Nelson off the hook.

What Senators can do:

1. Issue a letter, signed by the Senator, in support of Maria Leon. The letter should specifically ask that Maria's deportation be stopped and his request for discretion granted. The senator must take a position on Maria's case.

2. Call John Morton, the director of ICE, directly and ask that he use his discretion. Senators in many previous cases have made this call.

3. Issue a private bill. Any senator can sponsor a private bill and as soon as one is issued it will put a hold on any deportation for the remainder of the congressional session.

If the office tells you anything different then push them to do the above. They have the power to do it, but are refusing to do it.

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The Petition

To Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, John Morton; and Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano:

I am writing to call for the immediate release of Maria Soledad Leon Gonzalez (A# 088-610-386) from Broward Transitional Center in Florida and urge that you take immediate action to stop her deportation.

Nearly a month ago, Maria was at work when she was picked up by ICE and immediately sent to Broward Transitional Center where she is currently being held. Despite being a low-priority case and having an I-130 appointment scheduled with USCIS later this month, Maria is being told she could be deported any day now.

Maria fled Venezuela in 2007 and came to the United States to seek refugee status. In Venezuela, she had been working as a presidential fly attendant for Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, when she was threatened. Maria had attempted to apply for political asylum in the United States but had the great misfortune of hiring a lawyer, who not only scammed her but also through mishandling the case, significantly damaged her chance of being granted asylum status.

Two years ago, Maria married her husband, a U.S. citizen, who had filed an I-130 with USCIS to help regularize Maria's status. Their appointment with USCIS is scheduled for July 25th but if Maria is kept in Broward, their application may be denied and Maria may lose her final chance of changing her status. She is terrified of returning to Venezuela and wishes to remain with her husband.

According to the memo issued by John Morton, Maria is a low-priority case and should be granted favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. Maria has no criminal record and helps provide for her family, which includes a U.S. citizen husband. Please help keep Maria in the country that she considers home so that she can remain with her family.

I urge you to release Maria Soledad Leon Gonzalez from Broward Transitional Center and call on ICE to stop her deportation.

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