Luis Gutierrez Appeals To DHS To Stop the Deportation of Marlen Moreno
I just received this letter from Luis Gutierrez on stopping the deportation of Marlen Moreno:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the plight of Marlen Moreno, a mother of two U.S. citizen children who is facing possible deportation this weekend. I am inspired by your passionate advocacy and your plea to help a young woman in dire need. Your emails arrived while I was attending a conference in Nevada calling for an end to deportations and the separation of families. Based on that gathering alone, I can assure you that a growing number of Americans agree with you in your assessment of the struggles facing millions of people like Marlen.
I appreciate your diligence to do everything in your power to ensure that Marlen's family is not torn apart by our nation's grossly unjust immigration laws. Like you, I have appealed to the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to not deport Marlen and separate her from her husband and little boys.
Her story is representative of the over 11 million other undocumented, hardworking, family-oriented individuals in this country who contribute to our communities and make up the fabric of America. Stories like that of Marlen are the reason I stood in for DREAM students in an act of civil disobedience in front of the White House in May to protest the deportations of students and workers. The deportations under the Obama Administration are absolutely unacceptable and cannot and should not stand.
I haven't stopped fighting for immigration reform and I am glad that you have not stopped, either. In the absence of comprehensive immigration reform, I am prepared to continue fighting for the millions of undocumented individuals and families, even if it means risking the consequences of peaceful resistance.
Once again, thank you for your advocacy on behalf of Marlen Moreno. Together, we must continue the fight to put an end to this barbaric system that results in the deportation of hundreds of thousands of good, hardworking people each year and to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
Luis V. Gutierrez
Member of Congress