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After evading gang violence, 11-year-old girl ordered to be deported back to El Salvador


Added 04-13-19 11:59:01am EST - “Immigration advocates say the child's life is in danger thanks to a mistake by the overtaxed immigration courts.” - Thinkprogress.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thinkprogress.org: “After evading gang violence, 11-year-old girl ordered to be deported back to El Salvador”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

An 11-year-old girl who fled to the United States to escape gang violence has been ordered deported back to El Salvador without her mother, where she would face imminent danger, thanks to an alleged error by immigration officials.

Dora Alvarado and her two daughters crossed the southern border in October to seek asylum in the United States after one of their relatives testified against a dangerous gang in El Salvador. In retaliation, the gang has since been threatening the family. The Alvarado family is among a record number of Central American families who have recently sought asylum in the United States so they can escape surging crime and gang violence — entering into an overtaxed and underfunded immigration court system.

Alvarado and her 15-year-old daughter, Adamaris Alvarado, were listed on the March 12 docket at an immigration court in Houston. However, a court translator told her that 11-year-old daughter, Laura Maradiaga, was not listed.

Days later, the family received a notice ordering Laura’s removal from the United States because she had missed her March 12 court date, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“I don’t want to leave my mom… I want to stay with her,” the 11-year-old said during a press conference on Thursday.

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