My name is Cesar Espinosa and I am From Houston, TX I am helping to raise funds for this very important cause. I am not a relative but I am a family friend to the Mariadagas.
The Maradiaga family arrived to the U.S. a little less than a year ago. They were apprehended on the border and released so that they may continue to fight their credible fear case. The family has been showing up for every court case and has done their due diligence to make sure they stay in compliance. Earlier in the year one of their court dates got rescheduled because of the government shutdown. Upon returning to court on March 12, 2019 they were notified that 11 year old Laura was not found on the docket. The translator (the family speaks and understands no English) told them that all would be fine and the family should return to their next court date. In late March they received a letter but were unaware of the content of the letter because of the language barrier. On April 9th the family went to immigration court again where they saw another translator. Upon asking her the contents of the letter the translator gave them the chilling news that Little Laura had been ordered deported.
The funds raised will go towards helping any fees the Mariadagas have to pay for immigration purposes and to help them pay for living expenses since they are not allowed to work at this time.
The funds will be withdrawn and be given directly to the family to help them pay for basic necessities so that they may focus on fighting their case.
***100% of the proceeds will go to Laura’s family. FIEL and Be family attorney are working on this case pro bono.
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