Soto Statement on Alejandra Juarez’s Return to Central Florida
KISSIMMEE, FL – Today, as a result of being granted humanitarian parole, Alejandra Juarez will reunite with her family in Central Florida after being deported to Mexico three years ago. Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09) has issued the following statement in response:
“After three long years apart, the Juarez family will finally reunite. Alejandra’s unjust deportation under the previous administration’s zero-tolerance policy shook our Central Florida community to the core, but we never stopped fighting for her return. Now, under the Biden Administration, she was granted humanitarian parole and will have the opportunity to be present in Estela and Pamela’s lives. However, our fight is not over until Alejandra is granted permanent stay and all separated families are brought back together. During the remainder of the 117th Congress, we must pass H.R. 163, the Protect Patriot Spouses Act and other key bills to fix our immigration system and prioritize families.”
Mrs. Juarez was deported in August of 2018 after building a life in Polk County with her husband, Sgt. Temo Juarez, an Iraq combat Veteran, and her two U.S.-born daughters, Estela and Pamela. In January of this year, Congressman Soto wrote a letter to President Joe Biden asking him to give the Juarez family's request for humanitarian parole full and fair consideration. Congressman Soto has also introduced H.R. 163, the Protect Patriot Spouses Act and a private bill for the relief of Alejandra Juarez, H.R. 495 in response to Mrs. Juarez’s deportation.