ICE drops $304,000 fine for asylum seeker in Austin church

November 1, 2019
Austin-American Statesman

When Austin-based Guatemalan asylum seeker Hilda RamÍrez and her 13-year-old son, Iván, received a letter this summer from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement informing them of its intention to fine her $303,620, shock spread throughout the immigrant and immigrant advocate community.

RamÍrez, who lives with her son in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in North Austin, was among at least six other women across the country seeking sanctuary who received a letter with similar hefty fines.

Now, ICE has reversed course. RamÍrez, along with the other women fighting their deportation cases, received a letter in October withdrawing the fines.