URGENT Stop deportation of Salvadoran refugee family

Dear friends,

Maria Estela Marquez Marquez and her three daughters — Melissa (15 years old), Carmen (13 years old), and Jackeline (11 years old) — are refugees from El Salvador who have been “detained” by ICE at the Karnes Detention Center since early August, 2014. Yesterday, November 21, María Estela received a final deportation order from which there is no administrative appeal.

You can read the girls’ letters at this blog in the “letters from inside” category. If you’d like more information, please write to virginiaraymond@austin.rr.com

thanks very much
——————-
The Hon. Jeh Johnson
Secretary
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, D.C., 20528

Assistant Field Office Director Juanita Hester
Immigration Control and Enforcement (ICE)
409 FM 1144
Karnes City, Texas 78118

Re: María Estela MARQUEZ Marquez, 087 591 777 and her minor daughters Melissa, Carmen, & Jackeline,refugees from El Salvador detained in Karnes City, Texas, since early August 2014

We call for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to

1) Recognize that threatening a mother, while holding a gun to her head, with the rape and killing of her three daughters, constitutes torture;

2) Recognize that in El Salvador men who threaten and commit violence against women do so with impunity; that the Salvadoran government is either unable or unwilling to stop this violence;

3) Recognize that single mothers of adolescent girls in El Salvador constitute a particular social group especially vulnerable to persecution;

4) Reverse the asylum office’s finding that María Estela Marquez Marquez does not have a “reasonable fear” of persecution;

5) Grant Melissa Guadalupe Salamanca Marquez, Carmen Elizabeth Salamanca Marquez, and Jackeline Gabriela Salamanca Marquez their own credible fear interviews;

6) Immediately release Maria Estela and her three daughters Melissa, Carmen, and Jackeline, from detention; and

7) Terminate removal proceedings against Maria Estela, Melissa, Carmen, and Jackeline.

  1. Concerned citizen January 23, 2015, 6:48 pm

    You do know that Maria was already deported once, right? Also, instead of presenting herself at a port of entry and requesting asylum, they rafted across the rio grande and only requested asylum once they were arrested.

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