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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.

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Dustin Diamond aka ‘Screech’ from ‘Saved By the Bell’ Dies at 44; Mario Lopez and Former Cast Members Grieve

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Dustin Diamond aka ‘Screech’ from ‘Saved By the Bell’ Dies at 44; Mario Lopez and Former Cast Members Grieve

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Today, former “Saved By the Bell” cast members are grieving the lost of someone who once was an integral member of their team.

On Monday, Dustin Diamond, well known for playing the loveable, zany character Screech on “Saved by the Bell” passed away from carcinoma at the age of 44.

Mario Lopez, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Thiessen, and Elizabeth Berkley all publicly eulogized Dustin Diamond on social media.

It was just a few weeks ago that Diamond’s diagnosis was revealed to the public. His rep released the following statement:

“We are saddened to confirm of Dustin Diamond’s passing on Monday, February 1st, 2021 due to carcinoma. He was diagnosed with this brutal, relentless form of malignant cancer only three weeks ago. In that time, it managed to spread rapidly throughout his system;

His rep went on to say that Diamond’s death was quick and that he “did not suffer”.

As soon as the news of his death was announced, Diamond’s former “Saved By the Bell” co-star, Mario Lopez, took to Twitter to pay his condolences to Diamond’s family.

Lopez posted a picture of himself beside Diamond, along with the heartfelt note: “Dustin, you will be missed my man. The fragility of this life is something never to be taken for granted. Prayers for your family will continue on…”

Later, Lopez spoke with Variety about how he was still struggling to “process” Diamond’s death.

“I actually just spoke with him a couple of weeks ago. He was reluctant to go in [to the hospital] for a while because he didn’t know if anything was going to get out,” Lopez revealed. “And I said, ‘Bro, that’s foolish, you’ve got to get in there and take care of yourself and forget what people are saying.’ Some people thought his illness was a joke, which is awful, but the internet always spills tales.

Lopez also revealed that he himself was sure that Diamond was going to pull through. “When all of this was happening, I was optimistic that he would make a recovery, but it was obviously too late,” he said.

Dustin Diamond and Mario Lopez may have had a somewhat complicated relationship, but they remained in touch years after the show ended.

In Mario Lopez’s 2014 book “Just Between Us,” he confirmed the long-standing rumors that Diamond wasn’t exactly beloved by the rest of the cast. “Not everyone got along with Screech AKA Dustin Diamond. I did, but maybe I was the exception,” he wrote.

“From when I found out he was sick to his passing, it’s been incredibly quick. It’s so fresh, it’s incredibly hard to process,” he revealed. “And it’s shocking because he was so young; he was only 44. I honestly thought, ‘There’s no way [he won’t make it]. It sucks, but he’ll bounce back.’”

And indeed, controversy followed Diamond long after he graduated from Bay City High.

Diamond consistently made headlines due to everything from reality show fights, to sex tapes, to bar-room brawls.

In 2016, Diamond sat down for an interview with Mario Lopez on Extra, explaining that he wanted to start a new chapter in his life.

“I want to put the tom foolery and malarkey behind me, you know? It’s time for that clean slate. Time for the change.”

Diamond’s rep is asking that his family is given the time and privacy necessary to grieve their loss.

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Mario Lopez Publicly Supports Former Co-Star Dustin Diamond aka ‘Screech’ After ‘Heartbreaking’ Stage 4 Cancer Diagnosis

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Mario Lopez Publicly Supports Former Co-Star Dustin Diamond aka ‘Screech’ After ‘Heartbreaking’ Stage 4 Cancer Diagnosis

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Mario Lopez is living proof that true old friends stick by your side–no matter what. The “Access Hollywood” co-host took to Twitter recently to voice his support of his friend and former “Saved By the Bell” co-star, Dustin Diamond after the tragic revelation of Diamond’s stage four cancer diagnosis.

“I connected with Dustin earlier this evening and although the news of his diagnosis is heartbreaking, we remain positive that he’ll overcome this,” wrote Lopez. “Praying for him & his family and for a speedy recovery.
God Bless”.

On Thursday, Dustin Diamond aka “Screech” was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer after he was admitted to the hospital for intense pain.

In addition to feeling pain all over his body, Diamond also allegedly discovered a “huge lump” on his throat. Although his representatives describe his condition as serious, he is reportedly undergoing chemotherapy and his friends and loved ones are hopeful for his recovery.

“We can confirm that Dustin does have cancer,” a representative for Diamond revealed to People. “It’s very serious, though we are still waiting for more details, which we will have shortly. He’s in a lot of pain.”

To Entertainment Weekly, his reps said: “By next week, we’ll have a much better understanding of the severity of his condition and what treatments he will need so that he’s comfortable.” They also added that Diamond was “fading in and out” when he was first admitted to the hospital.

Dustin Diamond and Mario Lopez have long had a complicated relationship.

In Mario Lopez’s 2014 book “Just Between Us,” he revealed that Diamond wasn’t exactly beloved by the rest of the cast. “Not everyone got along with Screech AKA Dustin Diamond. I did, but maybe I was the exception,” he wrote. “He was one of those dorky kids who thought it was hilarious to take Polaroids of his genitals and leave the photos all over the set.”

In Dustin Diamond’s 2009 tell-all book “Behind the Bell”, he painted a picture of negative experience on set. The youngest of the cast, Diamond often felt ostracized by the “in crowd” Bay City High’s hotter, older cast members.

After “Saved By the Bell” stopped filming, Dustin Diamond had a hard time getting back on his feet.

Diamond seemed to be embroiled in endless controversy, from reality show fights, to sex tapes, to bar-room brawls. In 2015, he was sentenced to four months in jail after stabbing a man during a bar fight.

He sat down for an interview with Mario Lopez for Extra in 2016 to set the record straight about his alleged bad body behavior. At that point, Diamond told Lopez that he had started a new chapter in his life.

“I want to put the tom foolery and malarkey behind me, you know? It’s time for that clean slate. Time for the change.”

Well, we hope Diamond gets better so he can fulfill his dreams of having a new lease on life. We’re glad his old friends are standing by him.

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