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11-Year-Old Undocumented Girl Is Being Forced To Leave The U.S. Without Her Family

For the past couple of years, there have been waves of migrant caravans that have made there way from Central America to the U.S./Mexico border. While we know that the majority of them are seeking asylum due to the increasing violence and death in their native country, we rarely hear about individual stories. For example, what happens to these people once they have secured asylum from the U.S., then what?

The process for many undocumented people, who are living in the U.S. and are awaiting their court hearings, trying to figure out the judicial system that’s not written in Spanish can be quite difficult and overwhelming to comprehend.

For one family in Houston, Texas, we are learning that the process may cost them to lose one of their family members.

Due to what looks like to be a clerical error, an 11-year-old has been ordered by a Texas judge to leave the U.S. without her entire family.

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Dora Alvarado and her two daughters —  Adamaris, 15, and Laura, 11 — turned themselves into the border patrol last fall seeking asylum. Since then they have gone to all of their hearings. However, in March one of their hearing notices did not include Laura’s name, which she found extremely odd. After that court visit, a few days later, Dora got a letter stating that her daughter Laura was ordered to be deported, but she couldn’t read it because it was all in English.

When they went to court this week a translator told them what the letter said, and it broke their hearts. If Laura gets deported, she would be the first asylum migrant to be separated from her family and deported.

“I don’t want to leave my mom,” Laura said yesterday, according to The Houston Chronicle. “I want to stay with her.”

The family’s lawyer Silvia Mintz is filing to appeal the motion and says they cannot be at fault for an error made by immigration officials.

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“This mistake done by the immigration court has put this family in jeopardy,” Mintz said, according to the publication. “They will be separated if this is not stopped.”

Another reason why the family has faced such a prolonged process is that their regular scheduled hearings had to be rescheduled due to the government shutdown.

The Houston Chronicle also reported that their lawyer has 30 days to try and reopen the case, which may not be easy to do.

“She’s terrified of going back and so is the family,” Cesar Espinosa, executive director of Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle told The Washington Post. “It seems baffling to threaten to deport an 11-year-old while her immediate family is fighting their deportation cases.”

READ: Federal Judge Rules That Trump Administration Cannot Send Asylum Seekers To Mexico

Netflix Is Looking To Cast Roles For Their Selena Series And It Could Be You

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Netflix Is Looking To Cast Roles For Their Selena Series And It Could Be You

If you’re a Selena Quintanilla fan (and something tells me you are) and you’re an aspiring actor, you’re going to want to sit down for this news. You may have heard that Netflix will be releasing a scripted show based on the life of Selena but before the release of “Selena: The Series” the show must be filmed, which means they need actors to portray the Quintanillas. That’s where you come in.

The casting agency is working on “Selena: The Series” to find actors for this show.

Backstage — the publication where actors look for auditions — reports that “no actors are attached to the project” just yet, and that casting director Carla Hool is in charge of filling each spot for “Selena: The Series.”

Hool is one of those important people in Hollywood that is actually creating change in the industry by making a strong effort to be more inclusive of Latinx. She’s in charge of casting for “Jane the Virgin,” “Narcos” and Pixar’s “Coco.”

“Hollywood has realized that the Latino market is huge,” Hool said in an interview with BuzzFeed. “I think these projects have helped things start shifting.”

According to Backstage, production will begin August and will film throughout Texas and Mexico. While we don’t have much information about this Netflix show, we do know that it will be a coming-of-age story about Selena as she “realizes her dreams” and also about her family juggling the struggles of real life and wanting to make music.

Let’s take that into consideration which roles Hool will need to fill.

These are the primary characters

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For Selena’s entire life, both as a young woman and an adult, her parents — Abraham and Marcella Quintanilla — were an integral part of who she was and how she conducted herself.

Young Selena

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We’re not sure how young Selena will be in this show, but if it’s focusing on her love of music, and when the band began, then casting will definitely be looking out for a pre-teen Selena who has the singing chops to match

Teen Selena

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According to Selena biographies, Selena was taken out of school by her father to focus primarily on the band. We really do hope that this show represents the real Selena and all of her ’80s looks.

A.B. Quintanilla

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Selena’s older brother, A.B., was the musical brains behind Selena y Los Dinos, so he’ll be represented in the show no doubt.

Suzette Quintanilla

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Selena’s best friend, sister, and drummer, Suzette Quintanilla, may have the most important role — after Selena — because that was her confidant. They did everything together, and she perhaps knows Selena more than anyone.

Chris Perez

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This may be the most controversial part. If it’s a coming-of-age story, that is a touch and go topic because Chris was her first love. However, we doubt the Quintanilla family will want Chris’ role represented in the show especially because they have so much legal drama. We truly hope he is though. He was a huge part of her life.

Some people have already taken to Instagram to post their headshots.

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Make sure you use #carlahoostingcasting.

Check back with us because we’ll definitely have more updates on the audition process in the future

READ: There’s A Casting Call For A ‘West Side Story’ Remake, And Producers Are Looking For Latino Actors To Star

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