UPDATE: A judge has ruled against Laura deportation order and will allow her to stay with her family to pursue asylum. This is good news but it is not the end of the story. Help share the Alvarado's story by signing and sharing this petition.
There was no other choice but to flee, so when they crossed the border in October of last year and declared their intention to ask for asylum, they were relieved when the government allowed them to stay to continue the process. That relief; however, didn't last. Nearly 6 months later, the government is threatening to tear her family apart.
As part of the asylum status consideration process, they have had to check in with the ICE on a regular basis — according to the Washington Post, they have done so 10 times since entering the U.S. One missed appointment, one incorrect answer, could result in rejection. But the Alvarados did everything the right way. ICE, on the other hand, did not.
A clerical error left Laura — Dora's 11-year-old daughter — off a notice to appear. When they showed up to inquire, they were told there was nothing to worry about, that perhaps Laura had a different court date. But that wasn't the case so when they came back to court in April for their most recent hearing Dora received the terrifying news that while she and her oldest daughter Adamaris could continue to pursue their case, Laura had been ordered deported.
Now the family is fighting to stay together because the alternative is unacceptable. If the deportation order goes through, Laura, who isn't even a teen yet, would be sent back to El Salvador alone where she would have to fend for herself against vicious gangs. Gangs that have proven they are not above murdering or raping young girls.
This is unacceptable. The government's own error has caused this crisis and now because of a rigid and careless immigration system, it might cause the destruction of Dora's hopes of a new life with her family.
We must call on ICE to do what's right, admit their mistake and drop their threat to deport Laura to El Salvador. Please sign the petition and tell ICE to let her family stay together and continue to work towards asylum.
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