Leaders of pro-immigrant organizations in Colorado, accompanied by religious groups and members of the community, protested Tuesday in Denver to prevent the deportation of a Hispanic immigrant who needs medical care.
Maria Molina Cano, 51, in 2010 received a deportation order when it was discovered that she was working using documents that belonged to another person.
"The court characterized that event as something minor. I hired a lawyer then to resolve the case. But the lawyer, without my knowing it, had me sign a document to voluntarily leave the country, something I never would have signed if I had known," Molina told Efe.
The date for her to leave the country voluntarily expires on Wednesday, and so Molina came on Tuesday to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Office of Principal Legal Advisor to present new evidence about her lawyer's actions and her health woes.
Molina trusts that the new evidence, which includes an updated medical report, will postpone her deportation and eventually lead to its cancellation.
"Maria is a single mother who only wants to continue supporting her daughter and granddaughter, a 2-year-old U.S. citizen, whom she takes care of. Maria is just one of the many mothers all over the country in this situation," said Judith Marquez, the head of Rights for All People.
Molina confirmed that she had breast cancer and that she suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure, for which she needs ongoing medical treatment.
"So, I don't want to leave this country. But, more than anything, I want to stay for my children and grandchildren, to help them finish their studies and to take advantage of the opportunities that this country offers them," Molina said. EFE