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Mother With Brain Tumor Faces Deportation

A woman suffering from a brain tumor faces back deportation to El Salvador according to the New York Daily News.

A woman suffering from a brain tumor faces back deportation to El Salvador according to the New York Daily News. Sara Beltran-Hernandez fled El Salvador due to violence in 2015. She was arrested while crossing the border into Texas.

After collapsing in ICE custody, learning she has a large tumor in her skull and winning release to her family in Queens last March, Sara Beltran-Hernandez was grateful for a reprieve. Now her nightmare is back — in the form of a federal notice ordering her to report to ICE's New York office for deportation on Sept. 28. After all, the 27-year-old mom from El Salvador has no criminal history, a pending case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and a large tumor in her pituitary gland causing vision loss and migraines.

Given her situation, Ms. Beltran-Hernandez's attorney believed her client was safe for the time being, however this turned out to be false optimism.

"I told her, 'You should be so low on the list. They only have a certain capacity for deportations and somebody with a pending appeal without a criminal history shouldn't be a priority,'" Marouf said. "A few days after that, she gets this notice. I feel I can't tell my clients that now. Everyone is at risk."

In the meantime, Ms. Beltran-Hernandez's tumor is growing worse.

"The tumor appears to be growing slowly. It's been very hard for her. It's not improving," Marouf, an immigration law expert who teaches at Texas A&M University, said Tuesday. "She's really just at home, going to Bellevue, staying with her family."

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