The Final Day: Pressure DHS In Support of Herta

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The above picture was taken at a rally in support of Herta Llusho.

I don't have much time to write about Herta' story this very early morning, but I'm going to do my best to update people in preparation for the last day we can do something to stop the deportation of Herta Llusho.  If you have not yet signed this petition and taken the actions listed in support of Herta Llusho, than please do so.  You can get the latest information from this facebook group.

If you have done all of the above, than I encourage you to focus all of your energy onto calling, faxing, and emailing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as it is ultimately in their hands whether Herta is sent back to Albania or not.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a part of DHS.  The latest message I got from the facebook group suggests calling these two numbers, but things are change hourly so check back here for updates:

1: Call LaSal Austin, director of the local DHS in Michigan, at 313-259-8562. Demand that he take legislators' leads and take immediate action to defer the deportation of Herta Llusho.

2: Call John Morton, Assistant Secretary of ICE, at the comment line 202-732-3000 . Demand that he contact Mr. Austin in the local DHS office and take immediate action to defer Herta's deportation.
Stop Herta's Deportation - Facebook (17 August 2009)

SEIU also has a handy-dandy click-to-fax tool up that will send a fax directly to Vincent Clausen, the Michigan ICE Field Officer, whom I hope will do the right thing and defer Herta's deportation.
Department of Homeland Security's refusal to comment on this case has been disgraceful.  I wrote earlier about my unsuccessful attempts to get Khaalid Walls at ICE Detroit Office of Public Affairs to comment on Herta's case. 

It looks to me as if traditional media outlets have not been much more successful than I have been, as DHS has not commented for stories on Detroit Public Radio, in the Detroit Free Press, or in the Detroit News.  DHS is a government agency.  It should be accountable and transparent to the people of the United States.  Instead ICE is just as opaque as it was during the Bush administration.  This despite the fact that Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) and Representative Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-MI) have both written letters in support of Herta, and over thirty media outlets, large and small, have written about Herta's case

Last night, Herta's community held a rally in support of her in hopes that it would encourage ICE to allow Herta to stay in the U.S., the only country she knows as her home.  The picture above is from the rally, and Channel 7 Action News ran a segment on the rally late last night.  I will embed the video below:



There is so much else that is going on, but this is the most important information as of this moment.  Anyone who believes Herta should be given the opportunity to stay in the U.S. should direct all of their energy towards urging DHS to allow her to stay through the mechanisms I outlined above. 

If you haven't read Herta's story, yet, I encourage you to do so.  I also encourage you to read my post on why Herta's story is so important to me.  

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5 Comments

Mother Dreamer said:

Thank you so much for all the hard work you are doing to help Herta and those that came before her. Who knows how many more will suffer the same fate? I see that you are working till 2:45 am. You are so amazing. God bless you for all your kindness.

Lindita said:

I don’t get this. Why is Herta the extraordinary one? She is here (now) illegally and must be deported like the other thousands that are deported every year.

I know Albania — there is no conflict there, it is an amazing country, beautiful, non-secular, and there are so many opportunities there. In fact, I know many students that studied in the states and couldn’t wait to return to their homes in Tirana, Vlora, Shkoder, etc. where they all have jobs today.

She shoudl be proud of her country and go back to apply the education she gained here to make Albanian a better place. Also, her father is there, its not like she has no one there

kyledeb Author Profile Page said:

Lindita,

I felt as if your comment was important to address. First of all, I don't think the U.S.'s system of deporting people, right now, is correct in the first place. There's no way to deport 12 million people and the people the U.S. does deport only makes the problem worse.

The more important point that you make though, is that Albania is not a bad place and Herta shouldn't fear being sent back. I've never been to Albania, but I am sympathetic to this argument as I am from Guatemala and know Guatemala is a beautiful country that people should not fear living in. More important, though, we need good people to come back to Guatemala to make the country a better place so people don't have to migrate in the first place.

Herta, however, has been very careful about what she says if you follow her very closely. She is not saying Albania is a bad place. She is simply saying that after spending her formative years in the U.S. the U.S. has become her home, and she has a right to exist in the only country she knows as her home. As soon as she gets legal status, I'm sure she'll go back to Albania to visit family and contribute there, but if she were to do that, now, she'd be completely separated from the country she knows as her home, probably forever. That's not right. She deserves to stay in the U.S.

kyledeb Author Profile Page said:

Messages like this make it all worth it. Thank you Mother Dreamer.

Ledi said:

I am from Albania and this is a hard situation and I'm torn. As a person who came here legally and tried everything to stay legally; it's not fair that someone else (no mater where they are from, and Herta, this has nothing to do with you) to get their legal status after they have been here illigally for so long. I have paid thousand of dollars, spent many hours and days filling out the paperwork, spent night wondering if my status will be aproved, jumped so many hoops... and that to be thrown away and someone to get it for 'free'. It just doesn't feel right for someone like me that did everything right and followed the rules.
However, in Herta's situation, I understand. U.S is home to her and this is all she knows, for coming here at a younger age.
I love Albania and I miss it, but every time i visit, I can't wait to come back to U.S. U.S is my home and I can't imagine living anywhere else. Albania is great and it has many opportunities now and yes, it does need people like me and Herta to go back and apply our education. However, for whatever it's worth, I don't want to sacrifice my life to make it better. Call me a traitor, or whatever, but I love my life here and living in U.S makes me happy.
However, Herta came here iligally and that is a crime. Unless we change the law, a crime is a crime and there is punishment for that.
Herta, good luck and hope everything works out for you.

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