After more than two years behind bars on deportation-related charges, former hip-hop groupie Kat Stacks has announced she is set to become a free woman.
While details are still fuzzy, the one-time controversial Internet star broke the news heading into the weekend.
“IM COMING OUT !!!!! @wwwicegov gave me a 2nd chance !!,” she tweeted December 21st.
“Im so happy im crying !”
“Thank you so much to the great work of attorneys Luke H. Abrusley & @jvimmigration”
“Thank you to @QWorldStar for never giving up on me & sticking through it all I LOVE YOU <3 <3 <3″
“Thank you to all my supporters who signed the petition & wrote me letters”
“Thank you to @Mama_Stacks for being my bestfriend & taking care of my son while i was away”
“Thank you to Dream Activist Organization for making it possible with their support”
“Thank you @BarackObama “Dream Act” for youth immigrants like me to receive a second chance” (Kat Stacks’ Twitter)
Recently, a non-profit group called “Dream Activist” ignited a campaign for the release of Stacks.
Andrea Herrera “Kat Stacks” is a Venzuelan DREAMer; she came to the United States at the age of 8. When she was 14 Andrea was kidnapped and forced into sex trafficking, as a minor. Now, despite being a victim, ICE is refusing to release her from an immigration detention center in Lousiana. When she was 19 Andrea was finally able to reunite with her family; to cope with it all she started the persona “Kat Stacks”. Kat used this persona to connect with other victims as well as connecting with artists. These artists have even used Kat Stacks in their lyrics. An immigration judge however ruled that her online persona is reason enough to deport this DREAMer and victim! Monday, November 5th marks Kat Stacks 2nd year in detention! (Dream Activist)
Back in August, her mother publicly requested help from President Barack Obama to set Stacks free.
Kat Stacks, who was born Andrea Herrera, grew up in Aventura, but came to the U.S. at the age of 8. She claims she was the victim of sex trafficking, and was busted on a prostitution charge in New York. Her lawyer is appealing the judge’s decisions, and her mother, Johnyelsi Cardenas, is fighting to get her daughter a green card and citizenship. She also has custody of Herrera’s 2-year-old son. Her mother wants the Obama administration to help defer the deportation for two years while everyone around Herrera attempts to legitimize her. She may have pissed too many people off at this point, but good luck on that mission. (Complex)
On numerous accounts, Kat has claimed she is a victim of underage sex crimes.
“The laws are supposed to protect victims like me from all the underage stuff that happened because all my charges were when I was underage, and I was under the influence of a pimp,” she said in a phone call on the website. Immigration Judge Jerry Beatmann Sr. ruled in Louisiana, however, that “her conduct was in no way indicative of someone who wants to help others, make positive changes, or be a role model.” The judge said that it’s not in the country’s best interest to adjust Herrera’s immigration status, and thus denied her an adjustment. Immigration attorney Jose Guerrero said it was a fair decision. (NBC Miami)