Don’t Deport Pregnant Victim of Domestic Violence

Lilium

Target: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Goal: Grant pregnant victim of domestic violence asylum in the U.S.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans to deport pregnant Lilium Cornejo-Romero back to Honduras, where she suffers the threat of an abusive partner, only four days before the due date of her baby.

Lilium fled Honduras when she was four months pregnant to seek protection from her partner who frequently threatened her and her whole family with a gun.  Now Lilium lives in New Orleans where she is an active member of Women United for Justice, an organization which urges an end to practices by the New Orleans Police Department, Orleans Parish Sheriff, and Orleans Parish Prison that violate human and civil rights.  Lilium does not have a criminal record.  Now she is seven months pregnant and her doctor has given her an alarming warning: there are several issues associated with her pregnancy.  In Lilium’s hometown in Honduras there is no hospital, so giving birth there would put both her and her child’s life at risk.

When Lilium crossed the boarder into the U.S. three months ago she told the U.S. boarder official who interviewed her that she was fleeing domestic violence.  She was frightened to return home to Honduras.  Instead of sympathy, the Boarder Patrol Agent issued an expedited removal order.

Lilium’s deportation date is now set for four days before her baby’s due date. By signing the petition letter below you urge U.S. Immigration and Enforcement to reconsider Lilium’s case and grant her political asylum in the U.S. where she will have the basic right to give birth in a hospital safe from the threat of her abusive partner.

PETITION LETTER

Dear U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement,

Lilium Cornejo-Romero (A#205-850-539) fled Honduras when she was four months pregnant to seek protection from an abusive partner who frequently threatened her and her whole family with a gun. Now Lilium lives in New Orleans where she serves her community through membership of “Women United for Justice,” an organization which urges to end violations to human and civil rights the New Orleans Police Department, Orleans Parish Sheriff, and Orleans Parish Prison.  Lilium has no criminal record.  She is now seven months pregnant and her doctor has warned her that there are several issues associated with her pregnancy.  Lilium’s Honduran hometown has no hospital; giving birth there increases risks for both her and her child.

Please offer Lilium the basic rights to hospital facilities and security from her abusive partner.  I urge you to use prosecutorial discretion and grant her necessary political asylum in the United States.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: National Day Laborer Organizing Network

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