Jim McDermott Files Private Bill For Jorge-Alonso Chehade
It looks as if Jorge-Alonso Chehade will be staying in the U.S. for at least a little while longer after Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA) filed a last-minute private bill for Jorge-Alonso. Please call McDermott to thank him for standing up for Jorge-Alonso. According to McDermott's website the numbers for McDermott are:
D.C. Office: 202-225-3106While I wish we could claim this as a victory, the truth is that there is still much that has to be done for Jorge-Alonso. This is true of so many unauthorized youth that lead individual campaigns to stop their own deportations. The only real relief for youth like Jorge-Alonso is the passage of the DREAM Act now -- not tomorrow or the day after.
Seattle Office: 206-553-7170
There is more I wish I could say, but I've been asked by Jorge-Alonso to keep it to this for now. Below is the email Jorge-Alonso sent me from from his attorney about the matter.
CASE SUMMARY FOR JORGE-ALONSO CHEHADE-ZEGARRA AS OF 9/23/2009UPDATE: Statement from Jim McDermott:
On Wednesday, September 23, 2009, U.S. Congressman Jim McDermott, 7th Congressional District in Seattle, introduced a private bill on behalf of Jorge-Alonso Chehade-Zegarra to allow him to become a lawful permanent resident of the United States. On September 24, 2009, a motion to reopen Jorge-Alonso's immigration case will be filed to the Seattle Immigration Court which will terminate the previously issued order of voluntary departure and eliminate the September 25, 2009 deadline by which Jorge-Alonso must leave the United States. The filing of Representative McDermott's bill could enable Jorge-Alonso to delay his removal from the United States while Congress is considering the legislation.
Although the introduction of this bill is a huge step forward in Jorge-Alonso's case, there is a tremendous amount of work still to be done to enable him to remain permanently in the United States. For now, we request that supporters of Jorge-Alonso's case contact Representative McDermott's Seattle and DC offices to offer thanks and gratitude for his support of this bill and his staff's incredible efforts in making it happen.Shannon M. Underwood - Email (23 September 2009)
This young man came to the United States with his parents and has overcome a number of obstacles to lead an exemplary life in the United States, including graduation from the University of Washington in 2009. As a long-time supporter of the American DREAM Act, which gives reprieve to those who entered as children and have studied in and contributed to the United States, I am proud to play a small role in trying to help him stay in the United States with his community, which loves him. Alonso's situation, not unlike thousands of other hardworking, upstanding students like him, deserves our attention. They remind us daily of the need to debate and enact comprehensive immigration reform in this country.Jim McDermott - Email (24 September 2009)