Despite Trump administration assurances that only violent individuals are being targeted for deportation, many others, including LGBTQ immigrants are being rounded up and face ouster. Daniela Vargas, 22, hid in fear and for hours in a closet as agents who’d come to family home detained her brother and father, whom they sent back to Argentina, according to press reports. Then, after she spoke at a rally about their deportation, the Jackson, Mississippi resident was herself detained and faces deportation. Vargas, who was brought to the U.S. as a child, had DACA status (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which had lapsed, but for which she now hopes to apply for renewal.
Thousands have rallied to support her, including the more than 25,000 who signed the “Free Dany” petition asking she not be deported.
Sign the petition to #FreeDany here: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/release-daca-recipient-daniela-now-f...
There are roughly 750,000 people who received protection under DACA, a program instituted by the Obama administration that allows certain undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation.
Advocates in El Paso, Texas are also concerned about a transgender woman who was waiting in a courthouse to file a protective order against an abusive boyfriend when she was arrested in early February. Media reports appear to use a birth name for the woman, identified as Ms. González. “There’s really a sense now that you can be apprehended at any time,” Fernando Garcia, director of the Border Network for Human Rights, in El Paso told the New Yorker. Ms. González’s arrest, the magazine writes, showed that “you might not be protected even if you are the victim of a crime or abuse.”
Advocates have started a petition to free González.
Sign the petition here: https://action.mijente.net/petitions/freemsgonzalez