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Indiana Mom Tries To Prevent Adopted, Disabled Son, 17, From Being Deported to Haiti

Rebekah Hubley adopted Jonah from Haiti in 2010 when he was just 4 years old.

Rebekah Hubley is fighting the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS ) prevent her adopted son of 12 years, who has cerebral palsy, from being deported from Indiana to Haiti.

As reported by Newsweek, Hubley adopted Jonas in 2010 when he was 4 years old. The boy is blind, autistic, and has cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder.

Issues with his adoption arose early on in the process due to a massive 7.0 earthquake that caused his adoption papers to get lost. Although Hubley managed to procure Jonas’ citizenship, on Dec 27, she got a letter from the UCIS claiming that his Petition for Alien Relative form had been denied. Jonas has until Jan. 2 to leave the U.S. of his own volition before being called to an immigration hearing to discuss deportation. USCIS also stated Hubley could not appeal the case.

“How low can we get as a government agency?” Hubley told Newsweek. “This has to be rock bottom for immigration, that you could threaten to deport a profoundly disabled child who has been legally adopted for 13 years by two law-abiding U.S. citizens. And you can just throw around your power and threaten deportation.

“It’s unconscionable,” she added. ” It’s disgusting that it’s happening. Is that who we are as a nation? Asking him to [voluntarily leave] is the most ludicrous thing I’ve ever heard of in my life.

“How can you deport someone to a country that you have a level four travel warning on? You’ve deemed it completely unsafe, you’ve closed your embassies. You’ve pulled all of your workers out of the country and told Americans to leave, but you’re threatening to deport a profoundly disabled child back to this country? None of this makes any logical sense, whatsoever. None of it. Hollywood would not even take a script like this because it’s so preposterous.”

The USCIS request included a requirement for Hubley to show proof of adoption documents and to show that she’s had physical custody of her son for 2 years. The USCIS revealed that it denied Jonas’ citizenship because Hubley didn’t provide adequate physical evidence after only submitting school records.

Hubley told Newsweek that further records from as early as 2009 were also included in the submitted documents, and that it was an issue on the agent’s part for not thoroughly reviewingJonas’ case documents. 

She posted an open letter to President Joe Biden on Facebook, begging him to “intervene on his behalf to help Jonas [become] a lawful citizen of this great nation.”

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