Immigrant With Brain Tumor Receives Deportation Notice After Release From ICE Custody

Twenty-seven-year-old Sara Beltran-Hernandez collapsed while in federal immigration detention; federal officials released the woman to her family in March, following the discovery of a large tumor in her pituitary gland, which causes migraines and vision loss. Now, however, Beltran-Hernandez has received a notice ordering her to report to the New York Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office for deportation. This is despite the fact that the woman should be a low priority for immigration officials; she has no criminal background and needs specialized medical care, including brain surgery. Beltran-Hernandez has an immigration appeal pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. After receiving the notice to appear from ICE, the woman’s attorney immediately filed a motion for a stay of deportation pending her appeal. Nonetheless, Beltran-Hernandez cannot ask for an emergency stay of deportation until she is actually in ICE custody. The woman fled her native El Salvador in November, 2015, due to domestic and gang violence. She was arrested while crossing the border, and spent about a year in federal custody before collapsing and being released on an emergency basis from detention on a $15,000 bond. Beltran-Hernandez is currently residing in Jamaica, Queens, with relatives who are caring for her, as her brain tumor continues to grow. If deported at this point, she is likely to never receive the medical care that she needs. As this article indicates, even the most vulnerable immigrants living in the U.S. are at a heightened risk of deportation. Regardless of your current legal immigration status, we are here to help. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we have represented the interests of countless clients in the state of California who are facing deportation proceedings, but who wish to remain with their families in the United States. Fortunately, there are many remedies that may be available if you are facing deportation charges. We will aggressively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding your case, and help you settle upon the option that is best calculated to allow you and your family to live where you choose. Contact our experienced deportation defense attorneys today, and learn how we can help.

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