Dallas, Texas … The Isenberg Center for Immigration Empowerment (ICIE) dispatched ICIE Team Member, Jose Diaz and the Reverend Peter Johnson, nationally known Civil Rights Leader and the youngest member of the original staff of Dr. Martin Luther King, to El Paso, Texas to assist a woman from Mexico who was detained by Custom Border Patrol (CBP) for trying to enter the United States illegally with a coyote. Her matter is of concern to ICIE because the 42 year female suffers from severe psychological problems that were not being attended to until ICIE got involved. The next step is to get GUADALUPE, the foreign national from Mexico, reunited with her husband and two children, ages 10 and 8, and continue her treatment in their home city of Mexico City. GUADALUPE needs to be monitored closely because of the type of medications her doctors in Mexico have prescribed for treatment.
Diaz and Johnson first met with the United States Attorney to exchange basic information. Fortunately, ICIE was able to secure her medical records from Mexico City which provided proof of her condition. ICIE translated the records to English. The team was thrilled to learn that the effort to get GUADALOPE help was working in that she had been referred to both a medical doctor and psychiatrist and was now on much needed medications. The team next met with the Secretary of Foreign Affairs at the Mexican Consulate in El Paso that showed great concern for GUADALUPE. The Consulate made a welfare visit and called United States authorizes to express their concern for their citizen. ICIE has high praise for the Consulate and their quick action. Next stop was Mexico where the team met with the husband of GUADALOPE. Diaz and Johnson were interviewed by a reporter from Televisa, the largest television network and media source in Mexico. The interview was very emotional for the husband as he described how concerned he was about his wife’s wellbeing. The husband told the reporter how much he and his daughters miss GUADALUPE. He said the children are not able to sleep at night because they are constantly having nightmares and their grades have been affected do to their mother not been home.
After the interview, Diaz and Johnson returned back to El Paso. The two members of ICIE visited the Federal Court and met with GUADALUPE’s Court Appointed Attorney to discuss GUADALUPE’s matter before returning to Dallas, Texas. The ICIE members had a very long but but productive day in El Paso and Mexico. ICIE would like to thank the U.S. Marshals Office in El Paso for their assistance in this matter. Thanks to their help, the husband was able to talk to GUADALUPE for the first time since she was detained. The husband notified ICIE about GUADALUPE’s condition. ICIE is very happy to hear GUADALUPE is in good conditions now, as we await her court day next week and hopefully she will be returned to Mexico soon to be reunited with her family. ICIE is happy to advocate for this family in these very unusual circumstances as ICIE is not used to advocate for a deportation.