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UWD Staff

ICYMI: Biden Promised to Protect Immigrants Like Maricela’s Family, Instead He Deported Her Son. Now, She is Determined to Take Action By Telling Her Story.

Over 2 million people have been deported, expelled since President Biden took office
Contact: Mariana Ochoa | mariana@unitedwedream.org | (786) 807-7425

Washington, D.C. – United We Dream member Maricela Santos Hernández wrote an in-depth Medium piece detailing the horror of her son’s deportation by the Biden administration. Her son, Angel, suffered three years in detention under the Trump administration where he was separated from his family, including his three young children. He was deported in February, shortly after President Biden’s inauguration.  

Maricela’s greatest wish is that her family be reunited and that wish led her to Washington, D.C. to tell her story exactly one year after Angel was deported under the Biden administration. 

You can read Maricela’s full story in English here! And in Spanish here! 

In her piece, Maricela writes:  

“For three years my son suffered physical and psychological abuse at the hands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. For three years he was separated from his babies. For three years, he sat in a cell, longing for his family. Just when I thought he might finally come home to us, Angel was deported a  month after President Biden’s inauguration.

I used to be afraid to tell my story for multiple reasons but now I feel that unless you speak up, others won’t know what you are truly living through. I know many of the things that have happened to me and my family can’t be reversed but by telling my story, [but] I hope others will see they aren’t alone in their struggle and truth.”

Over 2 million people have been deported and expelled since Biden took office. Biden holds the power to deliver on his promise to protect millions of immigrants by ending deportations, expulsions, and the detention of millions of people. 


United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation; made up of a multi-racial and multi-ethnic network of 1.2 million members, over 100 local groups, and a reach of over 5 million per month. UWD’s vision is to push for just policies that allow everyone to thrive regardless of immigration status. United We Dream is fighting for a multi-racial democracy that works for everyone by building a movement of young people who organize and advocate for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color. You can find more at www.unitedwedream.org.

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