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ICE Is Trying To Deport A Woman Battling Cancer But Her Son Is Doing All He Can To Stop It

A 24-year-old doctoral candidate at Yale University and Dreamer is garnering public support in his attempt to stop his mother, who is recovering from Stage 4 cancer, from being deported. Cristian Padilla Romero says his mother Tania Romero, a Honduran immigrant and mother of four, is facing deportation after being arrested for a traffic violation. Cristian claims Tania’s condition will worsen if she is deported. 

The son created a petition asking Immigration and Customs Enforcement to “be humane and release my mother to fight her case outside of detention and so she can fully recover from a long battle against cancer.” Since it went up last week it has gotten 29,292 signatures of 30,000 required. 

“Nobody really deserves to be detained by ICE, but my mom in particular, who’s recovering from cancer and whose health is very fragile at the moment, really needs to be released as soon as possible,” Cristian told the Yale Daily News.

Tania Romero faces deportation after a traffic stop.

According to the college paper, Tania was pulled over for a traffic violation in August in Gwinnett, County, Georgia. The following day she was placed in ICE detention where she still is today and faces seemingly imminent deportation. Moreover, the 48-year-old has been recovering from Stage 4 oral cancer and has been receiving ongoing treatment. 

“I grew up in this country. My mother is the single biggest reason I am at a school like Yale,” Cristian told the New York Times. “She guided me, worked three jobs to support me.” 

Tania brought Cristian, who is a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient, to the United States when he was 7 years old. Tania arrived herself two decades ago and raised her four kids in Atlanta. She kept multiple jobs as a housekeeper, dishwasher, and laundromat attendant before settling into full-time construction work. 

“If deported to Honduras she would certainly face a decline in her health, if not death, as the country lacks proper facilities to treat oral cancer, an overall shortage of advanced medication and treatments for cancer survivors,” Cristian told The Hill

ICE failed to deliver a 2008 issue for removal according to Cristian. 

ICE claims that Tania was issued an order of removal in 2008 because she failed to attend hearings in immigration court. However, Cristian learned through a Freedom of Information Act request that Tania did not receive any of the three notices asking her to appear in court. 

The FOIA request showed that all of the letters had been returned to ICE by the United States Postal Service. Although Tania was aware she an undocumented immigrant she did not know there was an issue for her removal until 2018. 

“The agency’s general position has been that undocumented immigrants are not automatically entitled to stay in the country, even in cases of people who are receiving life-saving medical treatment,” according to the New York Times

Tania’s condition worsens while in ICE detention. 

In 2016, Tania was diagnosed with oral cancer but by then it was already at Stage 4. The mother has endured surgery, radiation treatment, chemotherapy, and has suffered damage to her jaw. 

“It’s very hard for her to eat in general, and we are really concerned about her health in detention, where she is not receiving any special accommodation,” Cristian told the New York Times

Health staff at the ICE facility where Tania is staying found that she had a severe B12 deficiency and required hospitalization. However, Cristian says she was never hospitalized and required her lawyer to intervene to even receive remedial B12 injections. 

“The other thing is that they are in a big room with a hundred other people, with bunk beds, and only turn off the lights for a few hours at night, maybe 1 to 4 a.m., so she doesn’t get any profound or significant rest,” Cristian told The New Yorker

Congresswoman Lucy McBath (D-GA) and others get involved.

Representative Lucy McBath, who unseated an incumbent in the 2018 Democratic sweep, and who represents Cristian’s district has tried to intervene at ICE. According to The Hill, ICE has agreed to halt Tania’s deportation until the agency meets with McBath’s staff. 

“Cristian’s story is not the only story like this,” said Miriam Feldblum, who vice president for student affairs at Pomona College when Cristian attended undergrad there. “Students on campuses across the country are struggling with immigration issues. Their parents are in deportation. They are in limbo.”

Cristian’s classmates at Yale have also shown their support. They’ve written letters and organized phone banks to thwart Tania’s deportation. 

“Sending my mother back to Honduras would be a death sentence. We’re not going to stop our work until she is released,” Cristian told the New York Times. 

While Tania’s future remains uncertain, in the meantime, you can donate to the family’s GoFundMe.

Trump Supporter Joe Giudice Chose Deportation Instead Of ICE Detention Because Of How Bad It Is


Trump Supporter Joe Giudice Chose Deportation Instead Of ICE Detention Because Of How Bad It Is

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In case you missed it, “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” star couple, Teresa and Joe Giudice’s family has been in the throes of the US legal system for quite some time. Teresa recently served nearly a year in prison, and her husband, Joe was released from a 41-month prison sentence, only to be detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in March. Last month, ICE denied his appeal to await his immigration hearing date from home.

In a recent interview with Andy Cohen, Joe reveals that the ICE facility was so unbearable, he volunteered his own deportation back to his native Italy. In the interview, they reveal that the fate of their marriage essentially lies in the hands of the court, but that they support Trump regardless. Let’s unpack this.

Cohen asked Joe Giudice how he came to the decision not to wait out the appeal in an ICE facility.

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“Sitting in immigration was a waste of time,” he tells Cohen. “You’re doing a whole other sentence for no reason in there.” The strongest comparison Joe could come up with for life inside an ICE facility? A panini press. “There was no way I was going to do another year in that prison facility,” he said. “Being in there is like having your head in a panini press, or in a vice.” 

Teresa and Joe have four daughters together. 

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The youngest is 10 years old. Teresa remarked, “We were getting the phone calls every day and we all said ‘he needs to go.’” She did note that their youngest daughter was “too young to really understand what we were going through.” The family hasn’t been reunited in over three and a half years.

Joe has mixed feelings about his deportation – the silver lining is that he’s no longer in an ICE detention center.

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Cohen asked Joe what it was like to leave the United States, “knowing you may never return.” Joe’s face dropped significantly as he revealed, “It’s never a good feeling. Listen, I’m here. I’m happy that I’m out, but I’m sad at the same time. I’m sad that I’m not with my family. I’m sad that I’m not with my wife and my friends back at home. That’s where my life is. It’s not here. It’s there.”

That said, Joe’s experience of being deported was a celebrity fan fair.

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“They wanted to handcuff me and I was like listen I’m not getting in no handcuffs…” Joe humble-bragged. He said that he would have beat them up if he wanted to escape, but that he wanted to be deported rather than spend one more day in the ICE facility.

Joe said that the two ICE officers assigned to him “were taking selfies with me the whole time.”

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Cohen interrupts to offer a blanket statement: “Tax dollars.” Joe went on to recall, “I think there was someone else that carried a gun or something on the plane. I don’t know. I’m a very dangerous guy I guess. They stood on the plane all the way until we got to Rome. I told them where to go to have a good time cause they were staying there till Monday. So they were heading to a few islands in Naples and then they were heading home.”

Cohen asked Teresa if she’d make a personal plea to Trump to grant Joe citizenship.

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Remember when Trump was just a reality TV star? Teresa enjoyed one season on “Celebrity Apprentice” and has been an outspoken supporter of Trump, even as the Commander in Chief of the facility her husband was wasting away in. Joe admitted in the interview that he wouldn’t wish the ICE facility on anybody. 

Joe also revealed that he’d support Trump “regardless.” 

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Teresa seems to think Trump’s anti-immigration fight is more important than her husband’s fight for immigration. “With the whole immigration thing that’s going on, that he’s fighting for, I would never do that to him,” Teresa tells Cohen. ICE has destroyed their family, and yet, the Giudice’s seem to think their plight for family reunification is second to Trump’s plight for family separation.

READ: Teresa Giudice And Her Daughters Are Pleading With President Trump To Save Joe From Deportation

Trump Administration Just Deported 120 Cubans On A Single Plane

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Trump Administration Just Deported 120 Cubans On A Single Plane

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We can’t imagine what the energy or conversations might have felt like on the ICE plane that deported 120 Cuban immigrants in one fell swoop. Many of the deportees had reportedly passed credible fear interviews, during which they showed proof of the violence and persecution they would face if they were sent back. This deportation is one of the largest deportation missions of Cuban immigrants in years. 

While Trump is the current president allowing for deportation, President Barack Obama is responsible for removing deportation protections from Cuban nationals, an agreement signed during his last days in office.

“South Florida should be up in arms,” immigration attorney, Randy McGrorty said.

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One of his clients is a Cuban national who sought asylum in the U.S. through the Mexico border. McGrorty told The Miami Herald that his client was on that flight to Havana, but an eleventh-hour paperwork glitch allowed him to be removed from the plane. In a statement, ICE said that “ten special response team operators” were assigned to the flight given “the charter flight’s high number of removals” in order to “ensure adequate mission security onboard the flight.”

The majority of those on the flight didn’t have assigned attorneys.

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The Miami Herald cites “ICE sources” who have said that the majority of those on the flight had passed credible fear interviews. Those interviews are simply the first entry point to being granted permission to apply for asylum, but it doesn’t mean they’re granted asylum. We can’t predict if they would have been deported had they been given attorneys. We don’t know whether the deported group were made up of recent migrants or long-time residents.

President Obama signed the “Joint Agreement” during his last week in office that requires Cuba to accept all deported Cuban nationals.

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Word for word, the document says, “The United States of America shall return to the Republic of Cuba, and the Republic of Cuba shall receive back all Cuban nationals who … are found by the competent authorities of the United States to have tried to irregularly enter or remain in that country in violation of United States law.” Effectively, it ended the “wet foot, dry foot” policy that allowed Cubans to be granted protections the moment they were on U.S. land. Those Cubans had the opportunity to gain legal residency.

Before the “Joint Agreement,” Cuba had a history of rejecting deportees from America, forcing the U.S. to fly the deportees back.

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The ICE statement continues to explain that, “the large removal charter is made all the more significant given Cuba’s longstanding status with respect to accepting the return of Cuban nationals ordered removed from the United States and abiding by key provisions of the U.S.-Cuba Joint Statement. Cuba has a long history of being deemed an uncooperative country.”

As the U.S. relations with Cuba have changed, Cuba continues to remain a communist Castro regime.

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Fidel may have perished, but the regime remains strong. “Let’s see what happens to them upon arrival,” McGrorty told The Miami Herald. “Are they going to have access to employment, a place to live? Are they going to have benefits that the other Cubans have? Are they going to face persecution?” Cuba has historically rejected accepting its nationals back because of their public criticism against Castro, or even because they’re age might be a burden on the country’s healthcare. 

More than 37,000 Cubans in the U.S. have been given orders of removal.

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Several attorneys confided in The Miami Herald on the basis of anonymity to raise awareness for a settled community in the U.S. facing persecution. Their clients have lived in South Florida for decades, remaining in compliance with their attendance orders from ICE, and, today, are sitting in detention centers awaiting a decision from Cuba on whether it will accept them back. Cuba can take as long as 90 days to make that decision, given that “The Joint Agreement” only applies to those Cuban nationals that immigrate after the January 12, 2017 accord. 

Cubans make up the largest number of asylum seekers right now.

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Venezuelans and Nicaraguans take the second and third place in asylum-seeking. Compared to Trump’s first year in office, there have been 4.5x as many Cubans deported so far this year. It doesn’t matter how long Cuban nationals have been in the U.S. If they have a criminal record, they are likely going to be deported, and, now, suddenly, Cuba may actually accept them.

READ: More Cubans Are Being Detained And Deported One Year After ‘Wet Foot, Dry Foot’ Was Eliminated