Target: John F. Kelly, Head of the Department of Homeland Security
Goal: Reunite Guadalupe García de Rayos, mother of two children, with her family in the U.S., where she lived for 21 years.
Guadalupe “Lupita” García de Rayos is one of the first cases of deportation of non-violent undocumented immigrants under the Trump Administration. Lupita crossed the U.S.-Mexico border 21 years ago when she was only 14 years old. In the U.S., Lupita built her life, got married and had two American-born children. She had been checking in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for eight years, and it was evident she has never posed a threat to the country or her community. Yet she was detained at the ICE office in her last check-in and immediately sent to Mexico.
Donald Trump ran his campaign on a pledge of being tough on immigration and argued that he would deport the estimated 11 million undocumented workers currently in the country. Since he has taken office, President Trump signed a set of executive orders that, among others, stipulate that unauthorized immigrants should become a priority for deportation. Mr. Trump has redefined “criminality,” shifting the focus of law enforcement away from public-safety concerns. Such a change will have an enormous effect on federal force as well as a detrimental impact on most unauthorized workers.
Lupita was caught in a workplace raid in 2008 with improper work registration. Nevertheless, she cannot be considered a “criminal alien.” She is a hardworking woman who supported her children and offered them a better living situation. She was a community organizer who helped improve the lives of others. Recently, she showed her good faith by collaborating with the conditions posed by ICE. In exchange, her family has been torn apart. Demand that she is able to return to the U.S. with her husband and children.
Dear Mr. Kelly,
Many people in the U.S. watched the deportation of Guadalupe García de Rayos to Mexico on February 8th, 2017. Ms. Rayos is the mother of two American-born children and lived peacefully in the country for 21 years. She is one the first cases of deportation of undocumented workers who pose no threat to the American society under the Trump administration.
President Trump has reinforced his campaign promise of deporting 11 million unauthorized immigrants by signing an executive order that stipulates any undocumented alien as a priority for deportation. Though national security is crucial, Trump’s policies will reach the wrong target, expelling honest people, tearing families apart and leaving kids without their parents. This happened to Ms. Rayos’ husband, son and daughter.
I urge you to allow the return of Ms. Rayos to the U.S. and fight towards stopping unfair deportations that are set out by Mr. Trump’s executive order.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement