Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Brooklyn Mom Saved from Deportation

From the New York Immigration Coalition:

On New Year’s Day 2011, Sara Martinez, traveling with her five-year-old daughter, was taken off a bus in Rochester by Border Patrol agents and put into deportation proceedings when she could not produce the requested ID. It looked like she would become one more statistic among the 400,000 individuals deported each year. But in summer 2011, the Obama Administration promised to use prosecutorial discretion to focus enforcement against public safety threats and to spare law-abiding family members the trauma of deportation.

On Friday, May 4, 2012, Sara received word that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency would drop deportation proceedings against her.

She fit the criteria for prosecutorial discretion perfectly, but this victory did not come easily.

This victory would not have happened without:
Whose love for her daughter, commitment to her community, and whose courage and integrity were an inspiration to all of us who embarked on this campaign in her defense.

Sara’s Sunset Park community—
The numerous church and non-profit groups that knew Sara, benefited from her volunteerism, and came out to defend her, sending affidavits of support to ICE.

Who signed hundreds of petitions to ICE urging them not to deport Sara Martinez.

Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez—
Sara’s representative in Congress, whose letter to and direct advocacy with ICE Director John Morton triggered ICE’s decision to reconsider earlier denials and stop the deportation proceedings against Sara.


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