Rep. Soto Condemns Deportation Order of Constituent, Military Spouse Alejandra Juarez
The U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, under President Donald Trump, denied a request for a stay of removal for Polk County-area mother and U.S. veteran spouse, Alejandra Juarez. U.S. Congressman Darren Soto introduced legislation in support of the Juarez family which has garnered national attention and support from immigration activists and the Central Florida community. Rep. Soto released the following statement on Juarez's pending deportation on August 3:
“We are utterly disappointed in the decision by ICE to deny Alejandra’s stay of removal. Alejandra deserves to stay in the country she has called home for over 20 years. The country her husband patriotically served as a Marine and Florida National Guardsman. The only country her two American-born daughters have known. The Juarez family deserves to stay together in the United States.
“My office has worked tirelessly on Alejandra’s behalf, including urging the Department of Homeland Security to grant Parole in Place and a stay of removal. I also filed legislation – the Protect Patriot Spouses Act and a private bill to give Alejandra legal permanent residence status – which have gained bipartisan support in Congress. I will continue to support the Juarez family through this difficult situation and continue the fight against the Trump administration’s heartless immigration policies tearing families apart.
“Our local community has also stood with the Juarez family during this traumatizing experience, from school teachers to church members and supportive neighbors. It is a sad day for our entire community as we will all be affected by this insensitive deportation order.”
Background: Alejandra has been living with an expedited order of removal from her entry to the U.S. 20 years ago - but she has no criminal record, is married to an Iraq veteran who deployed with the Florida National Guard, is the mother of two U.S. citizen girls ages 8 and 16, and is an active member of her church in Davenport, Florida. The Juarez family settled in Central Florida and Mr. Juarez now runs a flooring business and often travels for work to support the family.While Alejandra was previously a low- or non-priority for deportation, the new enforcement mandate under the Trump Administration which eliminated deportation priorities has resulted in Alejandra being slated for deportation.