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To: Theresa May

DON’T DEPORT ISABELLA ACEVEDO!

DON’T DEPORT ISABELLA ACEVEDO!

This petition calls for Home Secretary Theresa May to normalise Isabella Acevedo and her family’s citizenship status.

Why is this important?

For close to a decade, Isabella cleaned ex-immigration MP Mark Harper's home for £22 per week - as well as a number of other politicians. When her undocumented status was revealed, she became a pawn in a political point scoring battle and the focus of a national media campaign which resulted in Mark Harper resigning.

As none of the MPs that Isabella worked for were criminalised, the same spirit of kindness ought to be immediately extended to the hard working Acevedo family. We’re asking Theresa May, the Home Secretary, to do the honourable thing and grant citizenship to this lady and her family, whose lives have been turned upside down by this whole affair.

Isabella Acevedo has since been forced into hiding, her family is being torn apart and they are facing destitution having lost their income. The hard working Acevedo family have spent close to 15 years in London - building a modest life. During this time, Isabella never had any sick pay, never had any holiday pay and earned less the minimum wage. Despite the difficulty, she was able to provide for her small family and create a home and life in London. All of this is now at risk of being destroyed as result of the damaging politics of Theresa May and Mr Harper.

Please sign this petition and support the Acevedo family in their struggle to stay together, to keep a roof over their heads and food on their plates.

More information: http://legaldefencefund.wordpress.com/about/

** A campaign to stand with Isabella Acevedo and others in similar circumstances was collectively launched in February. Supporters include:

No One Is Illegal; Campaign Against The Criminalisation Of Communities; National Coalition Of Anti-Deportation Campaigns; Tawantinsuyu Nation; Myrdle Court Press; Defend The Right To Protest; Precarious Workers Brigade; Unity In The Community; Movimiento Ecuador en el Reino Undio Meru; This Is Not A Gateway; 3 Cosas Campaign; Movimiento Jaguar Despierto; Justice For Domestic Workers; Latin American Women's Aid; El Telefono De La Esperanza UK

How it will be delivered

The petition will be emailed and a copy will be hand delivered.

London

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Reasons for signing

  • inconceivable that politicians can take advantage of the vulnerable and then use the legal system to rid them of the evidence of their abuse of process and privelige
  • It is beyond belief that ANY government official is above the law yet this lady and millions of others are made to suffer at their hands and get away with it I say 'Not on my watch'
  • After 15 years, her home is in the UK. She is now being dressed up as a criminal for political expediency.

Updates

2014-07-25 23:28:52 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2014-07-21 14:56:15 +0100

500 signatures reached

2014-03-25 11:19:07 +0000

100 signatures reached

2014-03-24 12:21:43 +0000

50 signatures reached

2014-03-24 10:27:00 +0000

25 signatures reached

2014-03-24 09:28:10 +0000

10 signatures reached