Deportation: August 2010 Archives



The "DREAM Now Series: Letters to Barack Obama" is a social media campaign that launched Monday, July 19, to underscore the urgent need to pass the DREAM Act. The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, S. 729, would help tens of thousands of young people, American in all but paperwork, to earn legal status, provided they graduate from U.S. high schools, have good moral character, and complete either two years of college or military service.  With broader comprehensive immigration reform stuck in partisan gridlock, the time is now for the White House and Congress to step up and pass the DREAM Act!

[Note from Kyle de Beausset: Selvin wrote this letter right before he got into a minor car accident on April 9, 2010.  He was set to get his high school diploma in June but has been in detention ever since.  I have chosen reproduce Selvin's letter as I found it in his empty room, rather than polish his slight grammatical errors, to allow his character to shine through.]

Dear President Barack Obama,

From the bottom of my heart, I plead to my God that you and your entire family receive blessings from the highest God while you are reading this letter.  I admire and thank you for the great labor that you are fulfilling as a president in this big nation.  My name is Selvin Ovidio Arevalo.  I came to this country when I was 15 years old.  I came from Guatemala to this country to fulfill my dreams because I always have believed that this is a country of many opportunities for those whom want to succeed.

My client Ivan Nikolov is still being detained by ICE in Battle Creek, Michigan, for the crime of coming to the U.S. with his mother at the age of 11. Please take a moment to watch this moving video from Ivan's fiancee, Alanna, as she describes how she met Ivan, why he is being deported, and what you can do to help.

If Ivan were released from prison, he would be a candidate for the DREAM Act if it were to be passed by Congress. Ivan's case demonstrates that ICE is still trying to deport DREAMers. Please don't let Ivan be the public example that DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and President Obama use to placate anti-immigrant voters in a misguided and ineffective effort to preserve Democratic majorities in Congress this fall. Let Democrats in Congress and the White House know they shouldn't play politics with the lives of Ivan and other DREAMers!

Please do the following to help Ivan:

1. Sign this petition to DHS
2. Send a fax to DHS
3. Call John Morton, Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (202-732-3000)
4. Call Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) and ask him to continue to work on Ivan Nikolov's case until he is released from prison (202-224-6221)
5. Call Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and ask her to support Ivan Nikolov (202-224-4822)

When calling ICE please be very polite and say something like this:

I am calling to leave a message of support for Ivan (A#078-251-095) who is going to be deported any day now. I ask that Director Morton please step in to defer Ivan's deportation, he is an asset to this country. Thank you.



The "DREAM Now Series: Letters to Barack Obama" is a social media campaign that launched Monday, July 19, to underscore the urgent need to pass the DREAM Act. The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, S. 729, would help tens of thousands of young people, American in all but paperwork, to earn legal status, provided they graduate from U.S. high schools, have good moral character, and complete either two years of college or military service.  With broader comprehensive immigration reform stuck in partisan gridlock, the time is now for the White House and Congress to step up and pass the DREAM Act!

Dear President Obama:

My name is Yves Gomes. I am 17 years old and I just graduated from Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, MD this June. Under the grace of God I was able to do well in my studies all my life and I graduated in the top 5% of my class and got into University of Maryland College Park and a handful of other colleges. However until today I had an order for deportation from this country on August 13, 2010, a few days from now. 

Ivan and Alanna.jpg[Photo - Ivan and Alanna]

Ivan Nikolov still needs your help. He has been locked up since May for the "crime" of coming to the United States with his mother when he was eleven years old. All he wants is to be able to stay in the U.S. with his fiancée Alanna, a senior at Wayne State University in Michigan. Ivan's mother was already deported last week, leaving Ivan's U.S. citizen stepfather heartbroken and questioning the actions of his own government. Ivan waits in prison not knowing if each day will be the last day he sees his fiancée. Today his fiancée and stepfather are holding a press conference at Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan, to try to raise awareness of Ivan's situation in order to stop his deportation (see details below below the fold).

Contrary to Julia Preston's otherwise informative New York Times article about the success of undocumented youth organizing to stop their own deportations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has not announced any formal policy on this point. This allows ICE to approach the issue on a case-by-case basis, deporting some DREAM Act-eligible youth (DREAMers) while exercising mercy in others. It's like the emperor in the stadium, giving the thumbs up to the gladiator he likes and sending the others to the lions. The emperor doesn't have to explain himself, the thumb does the talking.

Except in this scenario, the emperor isn't Obama, it is the supposedly subordinate agency that reports to Obama: ICE. Anti-immigrant elements within the Department of Homeland Security, of which ICE is a constituent agency, have decided that the chain of command that keeps every other military and federal law enforcement agency running smoothly doesn't apply to DHS. They've decided to take matters into their own hands, leaking draft policy memos to hostile Republican Senators and staging a public vote of no-confidence in their own leadership.

ICE is a rogue agency that wants to cause political problems for its own leaders so that ICE agents can ramp up deportations beyond the record 400,000 people Obama is already deporting this year. And so far, Obama and Napolitano have caved to their supposed subordinates, more afraid of anti-immigrant voters than Latin@ voters.

Who is running the show here?

Univision anchor Jorge Ramos has cast his own vote of no confidence in the Obama administration, and some Latin@ voters are likely to follow Ramos's lead this fall.

Meanwhile Ivan waits in jail for the crime of coming to America as an eleven-year-old child. Will you ask DHS Secretary Napolitano to let Ivan out while he fights his immigration appeal?

[Disclosure: I represent Ivan in his immigration case.]

The "DREAM Now Series: Letters to Barack Obama" is a social media campaign that launched Monday, July 19, to underscore the urgent need to pass the DREAM Act. The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, S. 729, would help tens of thousands of young people, American in all but paperwork, to earn legal status, provided they graduate from U.S. high schools, have good moral character, and complete either two years of college or military service.  With broader comprehensive immigration reform stuck in partisan gridlock, the time is now for the White House and Congress to step up and pass the DREAM Act!

Dear Mr. President,

In May, my mother and I were picked up in an immigration raid in our home. I was told that in 2002, when I was just 12, I missed a court date at which I was ordered removed from this country. I've been in detention for three months, now, awaiting my deportation.  My mother was deported on Friday, August 6th, and I'm set to be deported any day now.
The good folks over at dreamactivist.org are reporting that Marlen Moreno's deportation was deferred:

She was scheduled to be deported on August 8th, but after a campaign initiated by DREAM Act activists, hundreds of phone calls, over 6,000 faxes, and a sign-on letter supported by over 50 national and local organizations, she was given the opportunity to stay in the country for another year.
Mohammed Abdollahi - Dreamactivist.org (6 August 2010)
Mo also rightly states the following in an email to supporters of Marlen:

This victory shows us that we can win any case anywhere, but it also reminds us that we cannot keep fighting one case at a time, we have to get one big victory for all of us and that comes via passing the DREAM Act.
Mohammed Abdollahi (6 August 2010)
Stopping Marlen's deportation was a huge victory, but we still need to pass the DREAM Act in order for that victory to be complete.  As many mainstream media organizations often fail to report in these cases, deferring someone's deportation does not guarantee them any sort of permanent legal status. 
Randy Parraz is currently seeking the Democrat nomination for U.S. Senator in Arizona.  In May, Parraz also was the only candidate outside John McCain's office in Tuscon supporting the historic civil disobedience of the DREAM Act 5.

I'm happy to see he's still taking leading role in supporting migrant youth in Arizona when we need him through the following statement in support of Marlen Moreno:
I just received this letter from Luis Gutierrez on stopping the deportation of Marlen Moreno:

Dear Friend:

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.


The "DREAM Now Series: Letters to Barack Obama" is a social media campaign that launched Monday, July 19, to underscore the urgent need to pass the DREAM Act. The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, S. 729, would help tens of thousands of young people, American in all but paperwork, to earn legal status, provided they graduate from U.S. high schools, have good moral character, and complete either two years of college or military service.  With broader comprehensive immigration reform stuck in partisan gridlock, the time is now for the White House and Congress to step up and pass the DREAM Act!

Dear Mr. President,

My name is Marlen Moreno and I am undocumented. I am also a possible beneficiary of the DREAM Act.  On Sunday, August 8, I will be deported.

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