Don’t Deport Grandmother Who’s Lived in the U.S. for Decades

Target: James McCament, Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Goal: Allow Juana Ortega to continue living in North Carolina decades after being granted asylum.

Juan Ortega, a North Carolina grandmother, is in danger of being deported after 20 years of living in the United States. She’s married to a U.S. citizen and has children and grandchildren who are legal residents as well. Ortega is originally from Guatemala, which she escaped from decades ago. She was granted asylum which was later revoked when she went back to visit her daughter suffering from a deadly illness. Now she is in danger of being deported even after all she’s been through over so many years living in the U.S.

Solely because she didn’t have time to wait to clear all of the legal hurdles before visiting her suffering daughter, Ortega’s return to the U.S. was illegal. However, immigration officials were aware of her return and she called annually to check in with them. They’ve allowed her to do so for years, but now that the Trump administration is attempting to crack down on undocumented immigrants, her life is about to be turned upside down. Sign this petition to allow Juana Ortega to stay in the country.


Dear Mr. McCament,

I am aware that there is a lot of pressure on your department to find and deport all undocumented immigrants, but I urge you to make an exception for Juana Ortega. She escaped violence in her home country and has been a productive member of American society ever since. She lost her asylum status when visiting and caring for her daughter, who was deathly ill. This is no way to treat a woman who has been a productive member of American society for two decades.

Juana was permitted to stay by immigration officials, who were aware of her situation. If she leaves and then tries to reapply for citizenship, she may have to wait years to be accepted. This will only result in even more bad press that the U.S. government could, frankly, do without. I urge you to please take action to keep Juana Ortega in the country, instead of deporting her for circumstances beyond her control.


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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    give her the citizenship instead.

  2. 20 years that’s long enough to become LEGAL

  3. So she’s been here for over twenty years but couldn’t bother to become legal?

  4. Caligulalives says:

    No, she must go. She has been spitting out children since shes been a child! No more anchor babies! She broke the law several times. Adios!!@

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