Modesta was nearly deported but she decided to fight, not just for herself, but for her daughter and for her community. Through her efforts, Modesta won temporary relief and has become an outspoken advocate for civil and migrant rights. In the past few years, she has testified in front of the United States Human Rights Network, Mayor Landrieu, and the New Orleans City Council to raise awareness about civil and migrant rights in New Orleans.
However, now ICE has demanded that she present with her plane ticket to self deport on Tuesday, January 19th.
Modesta is eligible for the President’s Deferred Action program for parents of U.S. Citizens (DAPA) and is an 8 year resident of New Orleans’ Mid-City. Modesta followed her husband, a Katrina reconstruction worker, to New Orleans and herself worked in the clean-up and reconstruction effort. She is not an ICE priority for deportation, yet the New Orleans ICE office refuses to give her a reason as to why she has been asked to self-deport.
Modesta is terrified to show up on Tuesday without a ticket, yet the ICE office has still not answered her request for Prosecutorial Discretion that was submitted on November 17th of last year!
Please support Modesta by calling ICE Assistant Field Office Director Brian Acuna at (504) 599-7868 and demanding that the office respond to Modesta’s request.
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