Houston police chief Art Acevedo has criticized the decision to deport an 11-year-old El Salvadorian, saying that "the Nazis have also enforced their laws." "It's heartbreaking. 1000 points of light? Family values? American values? Judeo-Christian values? If you are a person of faith, speak. WWJD [What Would Jesus Do]? Acevedo told the story of Laura Maradiaga, aged eleven, who ordered the deportation without her family, "she wrote. "The Nazis also applied their laws. You do not separate children from their families! Already! You should kill me for taking my kid just because I was trying to get him to a better place for a better tomorrow. I am happy to be on the right side of the story. He also pleaded for the expulsion of families as "unity" in order to keep them together.
according to Houston ChronicleMaradiaga's mother received the removal order after Laura missed her hearing date. Family counsel alleged that it was the fault of the immigration officers, who did not mention Laura's name on the record when the rest of her family appeared in court. "I do not want to leave my mother," Laura told the newspaper on Thursday. "I want to stay with her." The lawyer told Laura's family to file a motion to reopen her case.