Detention: 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.