WASHINGTON, DC – The Department of Homeland Security yesterday denied a request for a stay of removal for Alejandra Juarez, the wife of a U.S. Marine and mother to two U.S. citizen daughters, who has lived in the United States for two decades. FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement:
“On August 3, Alejandra Juarez will be deported to a country she barely knows after building a life in the United States for two decades, working with 28 different lawyers to try and earn legal status, having a private bill introduced on her behalf by her Congressman Darren Soto and receiving an outpouring of community and nationwide support. This is an incredibly sad decision for Alejandra, her family and our country.
“The nation has seen the Administration tear over 2,500 children away from their parents at the border. Here, we see a parent being pulled away from her children. This is not new, but it is absolutely the wrong approach.The decision to deport Alejandra Juarez is heartbreaking and a terrible reminder of the costs of the Administration’s immigration policies that eliminated enforcement priorities and put a target on the back of millions of families. Her kids deserve their mom here. She deserves the ability to earn citizenship.
“No one is safer, stronger, or more secure because Alejandra is being deported. When we fail to give people who are raising children in our communities and filling the congregations of our churches a chance to be part of the American experience, we all lose. We all suffer. Rather than deporting hard-working mothers, Congress should pass sensible laws that allow community members to go through a process and earn citizenship. We will continue fighting to ensure that individuals like Alejandra are treated as the Americans they truly are.”
TO SUPPORT ALEJANDRA & HER FAMILY:
Alejandra’s community has established a fundraising page on her behalf to assist her in staying connected with her family and loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.
Yesterday (Wednesday, July 25), the Department of Homeland Security denied Alejandra Juarez’s request for a stay of her deportation. Alejandra’s congressional representative, U.S. Congressman Darren Soto, had previously filed a private bill, H.R. 6191, on behalf of his constituent to allow her to adjust her status and become a legal permanent resident. Congressman Soto has actively supported her case by requesting that ICE exercise their discretion and grant Alejandra more time in the U.S. to continue raising her family.
Alejandra is married to an Iraq veteran who deployed with the Florida National Guard, is the mother of two U.S. citizen girls ages 8 and 16 who were born here, and is an active member of her church in Davenport, Florida. While she was previously a low- or non-priority for deportation, the new enforcement mandate under the Trump Administration that eliminated enforcement priorities has resulted in Alejandra being slated for deportation.