October 14, 2009
Salvador Mejia-Reyes and Elida Perez-Mazariegos are originally from Guatemala, but have been living in Novato, California for over 17 years, since February 1992. They have three children: Gilbert, is 18 years old and just started junior college, and who came to the U.S. when he was one year old; Helen, is 13 years old and a freshman in high school, and is a U.S citizen (born in California); and Dulce, is 4 years old and is also a U.S. citizen (also born in California).
Gilbert Mejia and his parents, Salvador Mejia-Reyes and Elida Perez-Mazariegos, are in danger of being deported to Guatemala. Salvador and Elida were originally schedule to be deported on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 , but they were granted a last-minute delay in order to testify at their son's deportation hearing on October 22.
One of the most notable things about this family’s case is that when they went before the Immigration Judge in October 2007, she actually granted them a form of relief called “cancellation of removal”, which would have resulted in them receiving their green cards and becoming lawful permanent residents. The judge recognized that deportation of Salvador and Elida would cause “exceptional and extremely unusual hardship” to their U.S. citizen children, Helen and Dulce. Unfortunately, the government appealed that finding and the decision was reversed (and all other avenues for relief have been exhausted), which is why they are now facing deportation.
Joining us to talk about this case are Gilbert Mejia and Lizbeth Mateo from Dreams to Be Heard.
Call Senator Barba4a Boxer 202-224-3553/415-403-0100
Call Senator Diane Feinstein 202-224-3841/415-393-0707
Urge them to introduce a bill on behalf of Gilbert Mejioa, his parents and two siblings.
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