Old Media And DHS Ignore Herta While Sen. Carl Levin Writes Letter In Support

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If you have not heard of Herta Llusho, yet, she has published her story in blogs far and wide.  I also recommend you read my post on why Herta's story is so important.  More importantly, though, please take the following actions in support of Herta.

It appears social media has beat out old media, yet again.  Since Herta Llusho's story was first published by dreamactivist.org on August 11, 2009, over 2,000 people have both signed a change.org petition and joined a facebook group in support of her.  19 different blogs, both large and small, have covered her case.  I encourage politicians from Michigan to check out that list of blogs because many of their constituents are leaving comments on them. 

Despite all of this social media activity, not a single traditional media outlet has reported on Herta's case.  Fortunately, politicians don't wait on old media anymore.  They listen to their constituents voices, amplified by social media.  That is why I am excited to report, with the heroic assistance of Josh Bernstein from SEIU, that U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) has written a letter in support of Herta Llusho.
Levin's letter is not as passionate as previous letters in support of DREAMers, but Levin's support is unmistakable.  Levin asks John Morton, Assistant Secretary of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, to "give all due consideration to the Llushos' Deferred Action request and grant a favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion."  You can read the full letter here (pdf). 

We've moved a U.S. Senator and traditional media has yet to cover this?  What a disgrace.  I hope the media will show up in force to tomorrow's community gathering in support of Herta.  Here is the relevant information for all that are interested in going:

Date: Monday, August 17, 2009
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Hope Community Church of Detroit
Address: 14456 East Jefferson Ave.

For more information contact mo[at]dreamactivist[dot]org or call 734-262-9705
Facebook (16 August 2009)

Even more disgraceful has been the refusal on behalf of ICE's Khaalid Walls to comment on Herta Llusho's case.  I called ICE's Detroit Office of Public Affairs for comment on Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 313-226-0726.  Khaalid Walls answered and told me to contact him at khaalid.walls@dhs.gov so that he could get back to me.  I have emailed and called him multiple times since then, but he has refused to get back to me.  This is typical of DHS accountability and transparency.   I would have hoped that this would have changed under the Obama administration but it is clear that it hasn't.  I have given up, now, though, so others are free to call and email on my behalf to try and get answers.  This is not as important, however, as taking these actions.

I wrote far and wide to ask bloggers to cover Herta's story and several ask me to get back to them with additional details that Herta hadn't expounded upon in her story.  Specifically, Herta and her mother both came to the United States on a tourist visa and applied for asylum in the United States, Herta refers to when she says the she has struggled "through more than seven years of legal proceedings." 

In the process, the U.S. has become Herta's home, and she has excelled at school.  Her brother, Lirjon is in the U.S. on a student visa, which is something that is not possible for Herta to apply for.  Again, if you haven't read Herta's story, yet, I recommend that you do.  I also recommend you read my post on why Herta's story is so important.  More important than all of this is that you take the following actions.

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