Yadira Verdusco, the Dallas-area mother whose case we recently profiled, remains jailed on immigration charges, but local immigration activist Ralph Isenberg continues to fight for her freedom. The founder of the Isenberg Center for Immigration Empowerment (ICIE) has written a letter to District Judge Reed O’Connor asking for an emergency bond hearing, stating that not only does she meet the requirements for bond, she is innocent of the charge of illegal reentry into the United States. Isenberg posted a copy of the letter at the ICIE website, ICIE.us.
“A perfect storm has come together to keep this woman wronglyfully detained and I beg you to grant me a rare audience so that I might explain the circumstances behind this matter,” Isenberg wrote. “The matter of Yadira is perhaps the worst matter to come across my desk as to the unfairness of her situation.”
Isenberg’s ICIE is assisting Verdusco with her case, and the appeal to Judge O’Connor for an emergency bond hearing was made after requests to Federal Magistrate Judge Renee Toliver went unanswered. Isenberg says Verdusco meets several criteria for bond, including being married to an American citizen (Gerardo Martinez of Austin) and having a severe medical condition that needs specialized treatment. She also has several children, including one in the United States Marines, and works as a surgical technician at Medical City Dallas. She was also a teacher in the Dallas County Community College District.
These details, however, were not presented by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to the presiding judge at her federal indictment (Verdusco was not allowed to make her case). “The actions of ICE cannot simply be excused as procedural error because ICE was told about her situation and elected to not only ignore the facts, but to distort them to the court,” Isenberg wrote. “The medical injustices are reason enough for your Honor to act but this is also a matter of extreme family separation that involves four United States citizens that are immediate relatives and a host of other family members. I am certain this woman is innocent as charged.”
Verdusco does not go on trial until August, and unless Judge O’Connor grants her a release on bond, she will remain behind bars until then. “I find it extraordinary to directly communicate with a sitting judge that is going to be hearing a matter, but when I see an injustice, I cannot sit back and permit time to take its course, for there is an American family that is suffering and desperately needs relief,” Isenberg wrote.
Isenberg also posted a letter Verdusco sent him from her cell in Mansfield, Texas. “I want to let you know that what you are doing for me and my husband will not go unnoticed. I will pay it forward,” she wrote. “It’s hard for all of us. My kids, my husband, my parents, his parents, and of course my students. I feel like I have abandoned them all.”
A Change.org petition asking Judge O’Connor to grant a bond hearing can be signed by clicking here.
For more details on Yadira Verdusco’s case, click here to read the full article at Yahoo.com.
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