Don’t Deport Family Back to Certain Death

Target: Sarah R. Saldana, Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Goal: Protect a mother and two daughters from gangs that will try to kill them if they go back to their home country.

An El Salvadorian mother and her daughters will very likely be killed if deported back to their home country, where violent gangs have already killed two members of their family. The mother, Rebeca Alfaro, was targeted after she filed a complaint to law enforcement that gang members killed her husband. She received multiple threats saying that she would be killed if she didn’t retract the complaint.

The young mother fled for her life, but not before her own mother was killed by the gang members. She paid thousands of dollars to escape and later thousands more to get her young daughters to the safety of the United States. However, this family could easily be arrested by immigration officers and deported back to El Salvador. If this happens, Alfaro feels that she and her daughters will definitely be murdered.

When it comes to cases like this, undocumented immigrants should be granted asylum and allowed to stay. They should never have to worry about being sent to certain death. The gang violence in El Salvador is well known and is a large part of the reason why so many individuals and families are fleeing from the region. Demand that Alfaro and her daughters be allowed to stay in the U.S. where they will be much safer.


Dear Director Saldana,

A young mother and her two daughters are living in fear of deportation back to a country where they will very likely be murdered. The mother, Ms. Rebeca Alfaro, was targeted after standing up to the gang members who killed her husband. After filing a complaint with law enforcement, she received death threats and her own mother was murdered. If she hadn’t fled to the U.S., she almost certainly would have been next.

After spending all of her savings, she was able to get her two daughters, now 10 and 12, to her new home in the U.S. If they have to return to El Salvador, all three of them could be brutally murdered by the gangs that run rampant in the country right now. Unfortunately, she has little protection from immigration officers who seek to arrest and deport undocumented immigrants no matter what their situation back home might be.

Have a heart. Nobody should have to live in fear of being sent back to a place where their close family members were murdered and where they will likely be killed as well. This family deserves asylum from El Salvador if the nation poses such a dire threat to their lives. The president himself has acknowledge that all of Central America is currently experiencing horrible violence. Please grant Ms. Alfaro, her children, and others like them the right to stay in the U.S.


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