For the first time in two years, an Austin immigrant says she no longer has a fear of deportation.
Hilda Ramirez and her son Ivan had been living in sanctuary at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church for the past 8 months after fleeing violence in her home country of Guatemala. During that time they had been fighting for asylum here in the United States.
Last Wednesday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement granted Hilda and Ivan a deferred action, allowing them to leave sanctuary as the federal government has delayed her deportation decision for one more year.
“She is able to apply for a work permit, in that year,” said Alejandro Caceres, immigration organizer with Grassroots Leadership, an organization that fights to stop for-profit incarceration. “Able to be in the United States, have an ID, have a social security and able to work and immigration has promised not to deport her."
Hilda is now able to enjoy time in public with her son, such as going to the park and seeing him play soccer. Her asylum status is still pending.