To: DIRECTOR of ICE ERO NYC Field Office
Stop the deportation of Bellevue Hospital Trauma Nurse Petranka Stoeva
Please continue Bellevue trauma nurse Petranka Stoeva’s Order of Supervision so that Bellevue Hospital does not lose a critical member of their trauma team and so that she may complete the process obtaining lawful permanent residence based on her work as a professional nurse.
Why is this important?
My name is Kate Chaltain and I am the attorney for Bellevue Hospital trauma nurse Petranka Stoeva—who was just told by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that she must self-deport in 90 days.
My client Petranka works legally as a trauma nurse at New York City's Bellevue Hospital's emergency department where she has treated countless law enforcement officers, tourists to NYC, and New Yorkers requiring critical emergency treatment.
While right-wing politicians have been busy railing against immigrants on Twitter, Petranka has been providing a vital public benefit through her work as a trauma nurse. Her story, like so many immigrant stories, is part of what makes America resilient and strong. Not only that, her case is clear-cut: She has no criminal history, pays taxes, is the single-mother of a U.S. citizen daughter, and possesses nursing skills that are desperately needed in the United States. She is also in the process of applying for an employment-based green card sponsored by Bellevue Hospital—yet ICE has told her that she should permanently leave the United States by February 6, 2018!
Deporting Petranka will take away a vital member of the Bellevue trauma team and an important member of our community at a time when we have so much more to gain by standing united.