Yesterday local organizers in Chicago got word that a mother of 3, Lesly Sophia Cortez-Martinez, was stopped by Border Patrol at O’Hare airport. She was on her way back from a family trip in Mexico, and was detained even though she had been granted advanced parole as a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient.
With the help of supporters, elected officials who intervened, and her attorney, we were able to delay Lesly’s deportation and convince the Customs and Border Protection agency to review her case.
However, this morning CBP put Lesly on a plane and deported her to Mexico with her two youngest children, including her 6 month old son whom she was still nursing. Her 11-year old and her husband remain in the country. Read more