Press Release: Herta's Deportation Extended to Nov. 9
Herta is still set to be deported, so we still need to write letters in support of her. I will write more about that later, but for now I will just post this press release:
For Immediate Release
19 August 2009
Mohammad Abd, dreamactivist.org: 734-262-9705
Ali Jost, SEIU: 202-730-7159After Days of Intense Congressional and Grassroots Activism...
DHS Grants Detroit Honor Student Extension on Deportation to Albania
Activists Continue Pressuring DHS to Extend Herta Llusho's Stay Until Passage of DREAM Act and Federal Immigration Reform
Detroit, MI - Today, after days of activism by Senator Carl Levin, Representative Carolyn Kilpatrick and thousands of grassroots activists, the Department of Homeland Security granted 19-year-old Detroit honor student, Herta Llusho, a temporary extension of her deportation to Albania. Originally planned for August 19, DHS has extended the deportation date until November 9, allowing a growing, national network of activists to continue to push for a more permanent extension for Llusho.
"Today's decision from DHS comes as a great relief to me and to my family and I am eternally thankful to Senator Levin, Representative Kilpatrick and the thousands of activists who rallied on my behalf," said Herta Lusho. "I began my day--bags packed--not knowing where I would rest my head tonight. I close the day with an even greater faith in my God and Savior and in the goodness and fairness of this great country."
"While this temporary extension is a great first step in my struggle, there is much more work to do to ensure I can remain, pursue my dreams to become an engineer, and give back to the community that I love. Today, I am taking a deep breath; but tomorrow, I will be back out there fighting for my future and the future of thousands of students just like me who want nothing more than to stay, serve, and be an integral part of the country they know and love."
Since the age of 11, Herta has lived in Detroit where she attended Pierce Middle School and Grosse Pointe South High School. Herta excelled in everything during high school, graduating with a 4.05 GPA . She has continued to excel after high school, attending the University of Detroit Mercy and studying engineering. Herta has been very active in the community from volunteering at homeless shelters, summer day camps, and tutoring programs to being an active member of her church.
Over the past few weeks, the Llusho family, along with the national organization DreamActivist.org, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), community groups, and legislators, have been calling for the Department of Homeland Security to grant Herta deferred action on her removal. On Wednesday, August 19, DHS granted Herta an order of supervision that delays her deportation until November 9.
In the coming weeks, the Llusho family and a growing group of activists will continue to push for deferred action on Herta's case, which would allow her to remain in the country while she pursues her college education and while Congress considers immigration reform--particularly the DREAM Act. The DREAM Act would allow immigrant students who were brought to the US as children, such as Herta, to become permanent residents upon completing college or military service, thereby allowing these students to fulfill their potential and to fully contribute the their communities.
Dreamactivist.org - is the national link to aid organizations, communities and individuals to come together and find new ways to achieve the passage of the Dream Act and other pro-migrant reforms. We are undocumented students that are working 24-7 for other undocumented students, families and allies, and we approach this with the understanding that this is not just a cause; it is our lives.
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - With 2.1 million members in Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas. Focused on uniting workers in healthcare, public services and property services, SEIU members are winning better wages, healthcare and more secure jobs for our communities, while uniting their strength with their counterparts around the world to help ensure that workers-not just corporations and CEOs-benefit from today's global economy.