To: Jeh Johnson, Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Sarah Saldaña, Director, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and President Donald Trump
Stop Kimberly's Deportation and Stop the Raids!
We are asking Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to stay the deportation of Kimberly Pineda Chavez, a 10th grade student at Collins Hill High School who was arrested by ICE on her way to school and has now been detained for more than 5 weeks. She may be deported as soon as Monday.
Tell ICE to stay Kimberly’s deportation and release her from detention while she pursues her asylum claim! Let her go back to school. Let her return to the safety of her family in Atlanta. Kimberly should not be sent back to danger.
Tell President Obama to stop the raids! No family should have to go through what Kimberly’s family is going through.
Why is this important?
Kimberly and her younger sister fled Honduras together, after gangs called on the phone and threatened to rape them, and after corrupt police broke into their home, held them at gunpoint, and took their stepfather for ransom.
Kimberly and her sister crossed the more than thousand miles from Honduras to America by themselves and now live with their mother and other siblings in a strong and supportive community. But instead of getting a real chance to make their case, they were victimized by an incompetent lawyer who did not even ask if they were afraid to go home, let alone file an asylum application. Now Kimberly and her sister have a removal order – and the lawyer has a Georgia State Bar Association complaint.
On the morning of January 27, Kimberly and her little sister were getting a ride to school from their aunt when ICE pulled them over. ICE knew that they were on their way to school but they arrested Kimberly anyway. They lied to Kimberly and told her they just needed to her to review and sign some paperwork. Kimberly got out of the car, her book bag in hand.
Kimberly celebrated her 19th birthday in Irwin County Detention Center. ICE has detained Kimberly for more than 5 weeks despite knowing that her new attorney has filed an asylum application. All Kimberly wants is a chance to ask for asylum. No one should be deported before their protection claims can be heard. The vulnerabilities and dangers are particularly acute in the case of children. Yet Kimberly remains under the threat of imminent deportation.
*Tell ICE to stay Kimberly’s deportation and release her from detention while she pursues her asylum claim.* Let her go back to school. Let her return to the safety of her family here in Atlanta. Kimberly should not be sent back to danger.
*Tell President Obama to stop the raids.* No family should have to go through what Kimberly’s family is going through.
To learn more about Kimberly's case and how you can take action to stop the raids, visit http://www.aila.org/infonet/tell-ice-to-stay-kimberlys-deportation.