Click here for the 2020 Best of Orlando® Readers Poll ballot!

Monday, August 6, 2018

GoFundMe setup for Central Florida military family torn apart by Trump's 'zero-tolerance' immigration policies

Posted By on Mon, Aug 6, 2018 at 12:34 PM

click to enlarge PHOTO VIA GOFUNDME
  • Photo via GoFundMe
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help a Polk County military family who has called Florida home for nearly 20 years stay connected after the mother self-deported last week.

Despite efforts from U.S. Rep. Darren Soto and a team of immigration lawyers, last Friday, Alejandra Juárez volunteered to deport herself back to Mexico after a long fight to remain in Florida with her family, all of whom are U.S. citizens.



The wife of a former U.S. Marine who served in Iraq, Juárez's removal order stems from her original 1998 illegal entry into the United States, and is convoluted by the fact she didn't have a translator present to explain her immigration paperwork. Read our longer piece on this story here.

The 39-year-old Juárez has no criminal record, and now must build a new life in Mexico where she has no family or connections.

As of now, the fundraiser has raised more than $26,000, and will go towards efforts to keep the family together. Juárez is taking her 9-year-old daughter with her to Mexico, while her 16-year-old daughter is staying in the U.S. with her father to finish high school.

Stay on top of Orlando news and views. Sign up for our weekly Headlines newsletter. 

Tags: , ,

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

June 3, 2020

View more issues

Calendar

© 2020 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation