Press Call For Selvin Arevalo in Maine, Today at 2:30 PM ET

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Advocates Ask Senators Snowe and Collins to Support Passage this September, Intervene in Arevalo Case

Portland, ME - Today, August 31st at 2:30 pm ET, immigrant advocates and community leaders will urge Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) to intervene in the deportation case of Selvin Arevalo, an American student who may soon be deported to Guatemala, and to press their colleagues in the Senate to pass the DREAM Act this September.
Selvin, a Portland resident for ten years, came to the U.S. fleeing gangs and poverty at a young age.  He was about to receive his high school diploma when he was detained by local police, and is now at risk of being deported despite his long-standing leadership and contributions to the Portland community.  Selvin's story is the most recent of hundreds across the U.S. highlighting the need for federal action on immigration reform this year.

Speakers on the call will urge the Department of Homeland Security to use discretion by allowing Selvin to stay in the U.S. and continue his record of achievement.  They will call on Maine Senators Snowe and Collins to intervene with the Department of Homeland Security on Selvin's behalf, and to press for action on the DREAM Act in September as one step towards comprehensive immigration reform.

WHO:             
Isai Galvez, leader of Iglesia Pentecostal El Sinai and Selvin's best friend
Marc Mutty, Director of Public Affairs for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, ME
Wendy Cervantes, Senior Director, Child & Family Immigrant Policy at First Focus
Juan Rodriguez, Trail of DREAMs
Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director of America's Voice (moderator)

WHAT:           
Maine leaders and immigrant advocates call on Senators Collins and Snowe to prevent Selvin Arevalo's deportation and pass the DREAM Act

WHEN:           
Tuesday, August 31st at 2:30 pm ET

CALL IN:         
800-895-0198 - Passcode: DREAM 

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