Manuela is a mother of two U.S. citizens — a four year old daughter Alondra and a two month old baby Isabella. She’s lived in the United States since she was 15 years old and was brought here by her father — a U.S. citizen. All of her family lives here in the United States.
Throughout her American journey, Manuela worked hard to contribute to her community and to be a part of the American dream. She is a leader in her church and spends her weekends organizing retreats for the faith community that respects and loves her so much. She worked and saved for seven years to buy a home for her family near Austin.
Manuela’s been waiting for 15 years to become a citizen of the U.S. but now she’s facing deportation because she followed her lawyer’s advice.
In 2010 Manuela — following her lawyer’s advice advice — showed up early for an appointment with an immigration official. Showing up early made the immigration angry and he denied her application to become a legal permanent resident. Now she’s supposed to leave the country on April 24th.
Manuela has no criminal history and represents absolutely no threat to her community or to this nation. She’s been forced to sell her family’s home in order to have money to fight her deportation case.
Help Manuela stay in her home with her family, instead of going back to a country she hasn’t known for 15 years. Manuela asks that she is able to give a future to her daughters, she wants to see them grow up and be successful, just like any other American parent.