Rep. Zoe Lofgren Reacts to the News of the Deportation of Bay Area Mother for Whom She Introduced a Private Relief Bill

April 30, 2014
Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19) released the following statement reacting to the news of the deportation of Antonia Aguilar, a mother of three children in the Bay Area.  Earlier this week Rep. Lofgren introduced a ‘private bill' to provide relief for Ms. Aguilar after learning of her situation during a meeting with her son who attends college at San Jose State University:
"This week I introduced a private bill to bring relief for the mother of a young man who is an engineering student at San Jose State University.  He now faces the daunting task of pursuing his rigorous course of study while also having to raise his younger brother and sister because his mother is gone.  She was deported after traveling to Mexico to see her dying father.  Like any mother, she wants and needs to be with her children. 
"Sadly, her family's story is not unique.  Our dysfunctional immigration system continues to rip families apart, separating husbands from wives and children from their parents.  When our immigration system fails families I step in to do as much as I can.  I urge the Administration, also, to review policies so that parents whose only offense is an effort to step up to their parental responsibilities are no longer treated as priorities for enforcement.
"Even extraordinary efforts on behalf of individuals are often not enough because our immigration system is fundamentally broken and will continue to be broken until we reform our immigration laws.  Americans want to see our immigration system fixed.  The Republican majority in Congress has refused to allow an up or down vote on immigration reform.  Until then, more families will be subjected to this kind of heartbreak and separation."
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