Alirio Gámez

EN – In 2015, Alirio Palacios Gamez fled El Salvador. After a cruel journey to the United States, he was detained in Texas. He applied for asylum, but his application was denied in May 2017. Alirio fled El Salvador due to increasing violence targeting him and his family. “It was not my dream to leave the country,” he said. “I had a good life and sufficient work. But I experienced the violence my country suffers from and had to flee to save my life.”

Alirio entered the U.S. seeking asylum, was detained by ICE, and then sent to three detention centers from south Texas to New Jersey. He followed the U.S. Immigration legal process to apply for asylum, but the court system rejected his asylum pleas after initially facing a judge with a 96.5% denial rate. Since entering Sanctuary at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, Texas more than five years ago Alirio has seen his health deteriorate, currently facing kidney and diabetes issues. While in sanctuary, Alirio had to be escorted to the doctor by sanctuary volunteers over six times. The best way for Alirio to get the medical care he needs is to walk out of the church free from the stress of a deportation order.

Due to the imminent threat of deportation, Alirio was forced to neglect his medical care, which is cruel and inhumane. Since winning his deferred action Alirio, has been able to attend his medical appointments, work for himself to provide for his family, and is temporarily no longer fearful that he will be removed from this country. The work permit that he received was a blessing for him but he knows all too well that the fight to remain in this country is far from over. Both Congressmen Joaquin Castro and Lloyd Doggett filed private bills on behalf of Alirio in 2019 and resubmitted the private bill in January 2021. When his work permit expires we will continue to fight for our representatives to help push a private bill for Alirio to make sure he remains in this country.

ES – En 2015, Alirio huyó de El Salvador. Después de un cruel viaje a Estados Unidos, fue detenido en Texas. Solicitó asilo, pero su solicitud fue denegada en mayo de 2017. Actualmente está apelando al 5º Circuito. Alirio huyó de El Salvador debido al aumento de la violencia contra él y su familia. “No era mi sueño salir del país”, dijo. “Tenía una buena vida y suficiente trabajo. Pero experimenté la violencia que sufre mi país y tuve que huir para salvar mi vida ”.

Alirio ingresó a los Estados Unidos en busca de asilo, fue detenido por ICE y luego enviado a tres centros de detención desde el sur de Texas hasta Nueva Jersey. Siguió el sistema legal para solicitar asilo, pero le falló. Desde que ingresó a santuario hace más de tres años, Alirio ha visto cómo se deteriorado su salud, y actualmente enfrenta problemas renales y de diabetes. Mientras ha estado en santuario, Alirio ha tenido que ser escoltado al médico por voluntarios de santuario más de seis veces. La mejor manera de que Alirio obtenga la atención médica que necesita es salir de la iglesia sin el estrés de una orden de deportación. Debido a la inminente amenaza de deportación, Alirio se vio obligado a descuidar su atención médica, lo cual es es cruel e inhumano.

Tanto los congresistas Joaquín Castro como Lloyd Doggett presentaron proyectos de ley privados en nombre de Alirio en 2019 y planifican volver a presentar proyectos de ley privados en enero de 2021.

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