Tuesday, January 31, 2012

22-year-old Undocumented Woman Deported To Mexico After Being Convicted For Forgery And DUI, ICE Confirms

Yanelli Hernández-Serrano

Hernández-Serrano who tried to commit suicide multiple times was deported to Mexico on Tuesday.

By H. Nelson Goodson
January 31, 2012

Columbus, Ohio - On Tuesday, Yanelli Hernández-Serrano, 22, was deported to Mexico, despite thousands of supporters around the U.S. who contacted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to keep her from being deported. Hernández-Serrano was deported earlier on Tuesday, according to Khaalid Walls, spokesman for ICE.
Last week, Hernández-Serrano's attorney Jorge Martinez received an ICE notice from Rebecca J. Aducci, ICE Detroit field office director confirming that a petition to suspend Hernández-Serrano's deportation was denied. Martinez wanted for Hernández-Serrano to stay in U.S. because she was suffering from mental illness and would suffer severe hardships, if deported. Her state of mental health prompted Hernández-Serrano to attempt suicide multiple times.
Aducci cited, that Hernández-Serrano had been convicted for forgery and driving while under the influence, both considered criminal offenses by ICE. Hernández-Serrano was sentenced to nine months in jail for the state offenses.
Also, that attorney Martinez had failed to submit any type of documentation to prove Hernández-Serrano was actually suffering from a mental illness or she was having any hardships, according to Aducci.
What Aducci failed to mention was that Hernández-Serrano was stopped last year in April by a Fairfield, Ohio police officer on suspicion of driving under the influence. When asked for a license or an ID, she presented a Mexican Consulate ID (Matricula Consular). The officer charged Hernández-Serrano for having a forged document. The Mexican Consular ID is provided to undocumented immigrants in the U.S. by a Mexican Consulate as a form of ID.
She was sent to an ICE detention center in Butler County in Ohio, suffered from depression and had tried to commit suicide three times.
An evaluation was done on Hernández-Serrano by Dr. Michael Newton who diagnosed her with mood disorder and border line personality disorder.
ICE officials allegedly kept legal defense documents from Hernández-Serrano to keep her from defending herself when she appear before an immigration judge on January 25 and was ordered to be deported, according to Drean Activist dot org. A common practice by ICE, keeping or not allowing access to legal defense documents or files from undocumented immigrants assures ICE, that immigrants can't provide a proper defense. Thus, losing any chance for them to stay in the U.S.
Hernández-Serrano first entered the U.S. alone at the age of 13 and had lived in the Columbus, Ohio area for almost ten years.

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