Reunite Antonia with her 3 children in the U.S. after ICE senselessly deported her! No child should be without a mother!
Antonia is the mother of 3 gifted DREAMers who was senselessly deported having done NOTHING wrong. A Private Bill, H.R.4506, was introduced by Rep. Lofgren just days before she was deported by ICE despite receiving widespread support from community and elected officials like Rep. Zoe Lofgren and Rep. George Miller. ICE informed no one of their decision to deport Antonia Aguilar; Without her, her kids are left without a mother to care for them. Her deportation serves as an astoundingly clear example of how the enforcement policies of ICE subverted the will of members of Congress and are completely out of sync with the administration’s priorities. “There’s nothing humane about my 12 year old brother not having his mom at home because ICE deported her." -David, Antonia's eldest son.
For Immediate Release
April 30, 2014
BREAKING: ICE Deports Bay Area Mother While Private Bill to Stop Her Deportation Awaited Vote in Congress
San Jose Community Will March on May 1st to Demand an End of Cruel Deportations Like Antonia Aguilar’s and for Immigration Reform
SAN JOSE, CA — In an incredible insult to Bay Area members of Congress, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has deported the mother of a San Jose State University student for whom Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) had introduced a private bill earlier this week. Antonia Aguilar was deported in secret today despite receiving widespread support from community and elected officials like Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-19) and Rep. George Miller (D-11). Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) informed no one of their decision to deport Antonia Aguilar; her deportation was discovered when she called her son David Gonzalez from Tijuana. Our student organization, Student Advocates for Higher Education (SAHE), at San Jose State University, condemns ICE and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for their reckless actions. In a statement issued by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, she said, “Our dysfunctional immigration system continues to rip families apart, separating husbands from wives and children from their parents. When our immigration system fails families I step in to do as much as I can. I urge the Administration, also, to review policies so that parents whose only offense is an effort to step up to their parental responsibilities are no longer treated as priorities for enforcement.”
Last Friday, federal officials claimed that Antonia did not have credible fear, setting her deportation in motion. She was adjudicated under the new, secret standards recently revealed by the National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA), that asylum expert Bill Ong Hing has called “misleading and inappropriate.” Hing litigated the precedent-setting Supreme Court case on fear standards, INS v. Cardoza-Fonseca.
Her deportation serves as an astoundingly clear example of how the enforcement policies of ICE subverted the will of members of Congress and are completely out of sync with the administration’s priorities. “The deportation of my mom is against the American values of family unity and against President Obama’s and DHS Secretary Jeh Jonhson’s humane approach they have been recently promoting,” said Antonia’s son David. “There’s nothing humane about my twelve-year old brother not having his mom at home because ICE deported her.”
Antonia left California three years ago to see her dying father, and soon found herself trapped, and unable to return to her family in San Jose. In March, she took her first steps toward home as part of the #BringThemHome. Her son David, who is an Aerospace Engineering student at San Jose State University, and his siblings have been fighting alongside student and community organizations to bring her home. Over 20 organizations and thousands of people publicly supported Antonia and her plight to reunite with her three children living in the U.S..
“Our community experiences these cruel deportations and the inhumane actions of ICE every day,” said Maria Blum-Sullivan, member of SAHE, “for her children, all DREAMers, the deportation of Antonia is a devastating blow. They are left without a mother to care for them and little hope of ever seeing their mother again without risking their own futures. This was a case that the community fought for, and while we have together suffered this loss, we shall become stronger and more committed in our fight to stop deportations and for Congress to enact just and humane immigration reform.” Our community will not stand for more families torn apart, tomorrow, on May 1st, we will march by the thousands and send a message to the President and Congress that they must take action! SAHE and other organizations ask the community to participate in the San Jose May 1st action to give a strong message to President Obama and Congress to stop senseless deportations and pass immigration reform. March begins at 4 p.m. at Guadalupe Church, 2020 E San Antonio St, San Jose 95116 and ends at San Jose City Hall, 200 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113.
Link to Lofgren’s private bill: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/hr4506-113/show
Student Advocates for Higher Education (SAHE) have been leading the charge locally to rally the community in support of Antonia. More info can be found here: sahesjsu.org/BringAntoniaHome