Stop the Deportation of Dreamer Alonso Chehade
Update: Send a fax to DHS in support of Alonso here.
Alonso Chehade is due to be deported this Friday, September 25 (his plane ticket is set for the 24th). He recorded the message above last week in honor of Citizenship Day. Alonso is one of the most motivated and determined people I have ever known. He refuses to sit and wait for something everyone told him was inevitable: his own deportation. Senators Cantwell and Murray, as well as the SEIU, have stepped up to help Alonso. Will you? Please sign this letter on Alonso's behalf to ICE at the SEIU's website.
Alonso wrote his story at the Sanctuary a few weeks ago:
I was brought to the United States from Peru when I was 14 years old. Eight years later, I am being deported for reasons I cannot comprehend. On March 14, 2009, a friend and I went to visit some friends at Western Washington University and rather than driving back home late at night we decided to stay at our friends' place. The next morning, not being familiar with the area we took a wrong turn on the highway. By the time we noticed we were heading north rather than south, there was one more exit to turn around before the border. This was blocked by construction which left us no choice except to enter Canada and turn around behind the port of entry to return to the United States. I was stopped by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) authorities and when it was discovered that I was undocumented, I was arrested and jailed for 2 weeks. I am set to be deported on September 25th to a country that I barely know.
I have lived in the United States for 8 years. I have never had any problems with the law. All I ever wanted to do was to go to school, work, have a normal life and help others. Unfortunately because of a broken immigration system I am being prevented from continuing my life and career path after I graduated from the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.
Unless you step up and help there is little hope that I won't be deported on September 25. I humbly urge you to immediately take action to stop my deportation.
Please use the SEIU's click to fax tool to
co-sign send this letter to DHS on Alonso's behalf. Time is running out!