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UPDATE: 2,600 Walk Out in Support of N. Miami Valedictorian

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National media has been watching closely the case of the Pelaez siblings. Yesterday we reported the case of Daniela Pelaez, the North Miami High School valedictorian who is along with her sister is facing deportation to Colombia. Today, students, faculty, and staff from North Miami walked out of the high school in order to show their support for Daniela and her sister Dayana. 2,600+ people were present at the protest for Daniela, among them was Superintendent of Miami-Dade School Alberto Carvalho who had to say a few words regarding the deportation of the Pelaez sisters:

“Over my dead body will this child be deported,”

The Urban Institute has estimated that there are close to 192,000 undocumented students that would benefit from the Dream Act within the state of Florida, and Daniela Pelaez is just one of these thousands of students who continue to be victims of our broken immigration system. Meanwhile, Immigration Customs Enforcement has issued the following statement:

“As Daniela and Dayana Pelaez have reserved the right to appeal an immigration judge’s decisions ordering them to return to Colombia, ICE will not take any action against them while they pursue additional legal options. Upon conclusion of’ their appeal, ICE will review this matter to determine whether an exercise of discretion is warranted. Overall, ICE is focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes the removal of criminal aliens, recent border crossers and egregious immigration law violators, such as those who have been previously removed from the United States.”

The Pelaez siblings were scheduled to meet today with Representative Rivera, the sponsor of the hugely controversial ARMS Act. We will keep you posted on further developments as we receive them. Support Daniela and her sister by signing the this petition.

SIGN THE PETITION

  Photo via @NBCMiami

 
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Save a California DREAMer from deportation

Ricardo Muniz is a DREAMer – one of the thousands of young people who would qualify for citizenship under the bipartisan DREAM Act.

Ricardo is a student at Fullerton Junior College, and his dream is to create eco-friendly homes and structures — and to be able to support his mother. He grew up in a tough neighborhood in Anaheim and overcame many challenges in his twenty-two years. Today, Ricardo is a mentor and an inspirational speaker who focuses on keeping troubled youth in school and off the streets.

Even though Ricardo has lived in the U.S. since age seven, today he is fighting deportation to a country he barely remembers. 

Our friends at the California Dream Network just started a petition on Change.org — which will be hand-delivered to top immigration officials — asking them to let Ricardo stay. Please sign it now:

http://www.change.org/petitions/dreamer-fights-to-stay-in-the-us-ricardo-needs-your-help

Thanks for standing with Ricardo,

- Jackie and the Change.org Team

Georgia 7 Have Been Released From Jail

The seven students that were arrested at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia in protest of anti-immigrant policies and pieces of legislation were released from jail. ICE visited but didn’t detain them. 

Take Action, Sign Petition, Don’t comply with the ban! 

http://action.dreamactivist.org/georgiaban/

Give Olga Zanella a Chance to Become a Dentist

Olga Zanella is an undocumented student from Irving, Texas, who is facing deportation on January 31st.

What You Can Do

1. Sign this petition directed to DHS.

2. 202-282-8495- Call Janet Napolitano, Director of DHS, and ask that Olga Zanella’s (A# 097-681-189) deportation be deferred. NOTE: This is an answering machine, once it is full it is out of commission for day. Fill it up now with support for Olga.

3. 202-732-3000- Call Assistant Secretary to ICE, John Morton and leave a message urging him to take action to defer Olga Zanella’s deportation (A# 097-681-189). NOTE: this is a live comment line. A human being will pick up and take your message. Be very polite and say “I am calling to leave a message of support for Olga Zanella who currently has a deportation date of Jan. 31st. I would like to ask that director John Morton defer Olga Zanella’s deportation (A# 097-681-189).”