Blanca had a very hard childhood, as she never found acceptance for who she was. She had hearing problems, and her eyes made her look different from other kids. Repeated discrimination meant that no one would hire her, so she began to search for a place where she could support herself, be a productive citizen, and live a meaningful life. At 25 years old, she left for the US.
She found a home in the Bay Area, married the man of her dreams, and started a family. She now has two US born children. However, life is still not easy for her.
When her son George was born in 2010, it was immediately clear that something was different. Doctors diagnosed him with Pena Shokeir Syndrome, which causes lifelong physical and mental challenges.
Now eight years old, George has benefitted from exceptional health care from specialists at places like Stanford Health Care, yet he still suffers from extensive mental and physical disabilities. He wears braces, uses an oxygen tank to breathe, and experiences frequent convulsions. Without specialized medical care, George would not be alive today.
The American government recently placed Blanca in deportation proceedings. But after living in the US for twenty years, she needs to remain to care for her children. She cannot bring George with her to Mexico, as there are no specialists who could care for him.
Mobile Pathways educates people like Blanca about how to apply for Cancellation of Removal, a little known method that would ensure the family can remain together in the US and that George can continue to receive the medical treatment he needs to live.