Mother with DACA Deported from O’Hare Airport to Speak Out, Seek Reversal of Her Removal

All Agencies within DHS Should Honor Advance Parole When Granted

Over Christmas, Lesly Sophia Cortez-Martinez, a mother of three citizen children and a DACA recipient who has lived in the US since she was 15, received permission from US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to travel to Mexico in a routine process called “advance parole.”

However,  ​when returning home, ​Customs and Border Patrol ​ (CBP)​ disregarded the authorization granted by the other agency, ​questioning her eligibility for DACA and ​citing past issues with CBP​.

​ Yesterday morning CBP deported Lesly who opted to bring her two youngest children, including the infant she is still breastfeeding, with her.

The case spread quickly over social media and the #Not1More campaign collected over 2,300 signatures in less than 12 hours as Border Patrol refused her access to legal counsel and ICE refused to review the emergency stay of removal filed by Lesly’s lawyer, Mony Ruiz-Velasco.

On Thursday, February 4,  at 11:45am Eastern time, Lesly will speak out on a press call with her lawyer and advocates working on her case to discuss its details, seek a reversal of her removal, and ensure that advance parole will be honored by all agencies within DHS when granted.

Speakers will include
Mony Ruiz-Velasco, Attorney
Lesly Sophia Cortez-Martinez
Arianna Salgado, Organized Communities Against Deportations
Lawrence Benito, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Zenén Jaimes Peréz, United We Dream
Moderated by Tania Unzueta, Policy Director for the #Not1More Campaign

For more information, call 712.432.0075.