A bit of signal-boosting: If you’re willing, this certainly seems worth taking a couple of moments to sign. Might help, certainly won’t hurt. From DREAMactivist.org:
To Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, John Morton and Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano:
We, the undersigned, write to request that you take action to stop the deportation of DREAM eligible youth Leslie Hernandez-Hernandez and that she be released from St. Clair County Jail immediately.
Leslie has been detained in St. Clair County Jail, in Michigan, since October 24th. She has had to spend Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, away from her three young children. Leslie was told that, when she was only 13 years old, she missed a court date and was given an “in absentia” removal. Leslie was not aware of this until ICE picked her up and detained her, separating her from her family and children.
Leslie, now 25, was brought to the U.S. when she was only 11 years old. She is the single mother of three U.S. citizen children, ages 10, 5, and 3. Two of her children suffer from severe medical conditions. Leslie’s 10 year old is disabled after being hit by an SUV two years ago and requires ongoing medical treatment including therapy, and her 5 year old daughter suffers from a respiratory condition. If deported, this family will be separated and the children won’t receive proper medical care.
Leslie is DREAM Act eligible and, according to the memo issued by John Morton, is not a priority for deportation and should be granted favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. Per President Obama’s statements, Leslie shouldn’t be detained and in the process of getting deported. Leslie should be released immediately so she can be reunited with her children.
We, the undersigned, urge you to take action to stop the deportation of Leslie Hernandez-Hernandez and that she be released from St. Clair County Jail immediately.
Go here to sign the petition.
That sounds truly bizarre. Why is the government trying to deport her? (I tried reading the site, and a few of the links, and even Google… but nothing comes up.)
I signed the petition. I gave a fake e-mail, though, I have no wish to be bombarded by these folks.
The site is really not clear whether they want non-US citizens to sign their petition or not (I’m not a US resident but I do have a mailing address there); I think it’s safer to assume not but petition sites really not to specify these things.
Just got an email telling me that Leslie has been released (as has Hadi, another DREAM act eligible person who was being held for deportation)!