Immigrant rights activists stand with local undocumented woman facing deportation
Multiple immigrant rights activists stood outside the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Harlingen Wednesday in support of Eva Chavez, a mother of a special needs child who is now facing deportation.
Chavez is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who has been living in the United States for nearly 30 years. Following a raid in her neighborhood on Feb. 14, Chavez was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Although she was released shortly after, on Wednesday, Chavez made her first immigration check-in, where she had her son on her mind.
“I’m here to fight, so I can stay here with my son,” Chavez said in Spanish.
According to the American Immigration Council, Chavez is among one of the thousands of undocumented immigrants living in the state of Texas who, in total, contribute 17 percent to the local economy.
After nearly an hour of meeting with officials, Chavez and her attorney, Carlos Montezuma Garcia, walked out of the building after being granted three-month-long extension.
“We never know whats going to happen because it’s really not in our hands,” Garcia said. “Definitely, really happy she will be going home with her child.”
Garcia says at this point, it is unclear what the future of Chavez will look like, but they hope to learn more at their next check-in in June.