Highland Hospital nurse, husband to be deported after plea request denied

Maria Mendoza-Sanchez, RN, a nurse at Oakland, Calif.-based Highland Hospital, and her husband will be deported to Mexico Aug. 16 after federal officials denied their request for a stay Aug. 15, according to SFGate.

Ms. Mendoza-Sanchez said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., called her Tuesday evening with the news and expressed her condolences, according to the report.

Ms. Mendoza-Sanchez and her husband have lived in the U.S. for more than two decades, but do not have legal status. The couple will be deported from the U.S. Wednesday on a flight they pushed back one day in hopes of winning a reprieve from U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the report states.

The couple's 12-year-old son, who maintains U.S. citizenship, will travel with them to Mexico, while their three daughters — aged 16, 21 and 23 — will remain in the U.S.

Hundreds of healthcare workers, union members and supporters gathered Aug. 14 to protest the couple's deportation at Oakland, Calif.-based Highland Hospital.

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