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Another Low-Priority Deportation: Keep Nayely and Blanca's Mommy Home!

Maria Juana has lived in the US for 12 years. She has 3 US citizen children, is a single mom, and is the primary breadwinner of her household. Her father suffers from Glaucoma and she provides for his treatment. If deported, Maria Juana's entire family would suffer. Maria Juana has no criminal history so why is ICE deporting her? Does a previous deportation merit separating Nayely and Blanca from their mother? 

Maria Juana's only hope is for Senator Hagan to intervene.

Make a call and Sign the petition:

Senator Kay Hagan

Washington D.C.: 202-224-6342
Greensboro: 336-333-5311


Sample Script: “Hi, I’m calling to ask that Senator Hagan support Maria Juana Perez Santiago (A# 200-576-618) and stop her deportation set for December 27, 2012. Maria Juana is the sole bread winner for her family that includes three US Citizen children. In 2010, Senator Hagan killed the DREAM Act because she wanted Comprehensive Immigration Reform. We are holding the Senator accountable to that. The Senator has a responsibility to keep this family together. Maria Juana is a low-priority case and her deportation should be stopped immediately."

What Senators can do:

1. Issue a signed letter in support of Maria Juana Perez. The letter should specifically ask that Maria's deportation be stopped and her request for discretion. 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 Senator Hagan's office tells you anything different then push them to do the above. They have the power 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 urge you to take immediate action to stop Maria Juana Perez Santiago’s (A# 200-576-618) deportation set for December 27, 2012.

In August of 2000, at the age of 20, Maria Juana entered the United State seeking a better life. She was apprehended at the border and was deported to Mexico. Like many immigrants caught at the border attempting to cross, Maria Juana held on to her determination to work hard and support her family. She crossed the border again in the same month and made it to North Carolina where she has lived ever since and has maintained a clean criminal record.

On December 22, 2010, Maria Juana was stopped by Alamance County law enforcement for driving without a license. Alamance County law enforcement is also currently under investigation by the Department of Justice for racial profiling of Latinos. This stop led Maria Juana to be placed in deportation proceedings and threatens the security of her young family.

Maria Juana is a single mother to three US Citizen children: Adalberto, 11; Nayeli, 9; and Blanca, 7. Nayeli and Blanca both suffer from Asthma. Blanca has been diagnosed with Reactive Airway Disease and requires routine check-ups every three months. Additionally, Maria Juana's father suffers from glaucoma. As a result he is unable to work and his survival depends on Maria Juana being able to stay in the US and work to help him pay for treatment. She is the only bread winner for this family and as such their only life line.

Despite these factors, the local ICE office in Charlotte, NC has denied granting prosecutorial discretion to Maria Juana and instead has focused on her initial deportation to rule out discretion to stop her deportation. According to the memo issued by John Morton, Maria Juana is a low-priority case and should be granted favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. Maria Juana has been living in the United States for more than 10 years, has 3 U.S. citizen children and has no criminal background.

Returning to Mexico is not an option for Maria Juana and her three children. If Maria Juana is deported, this family will be split up and its future greatly at risk. I urge you to stop Maria Juana’s deportation and keep Adalberto, Nayeli and Blanca’s family together. Maria Juana is low-priority for deportation and her deportation should be stopped immediately.

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