Dear Secretary Napolitano, Stop deporting our Youth!

UPDATE: Herta was granted a stay of deportation until November 9th! But this is not enough! The administration continues to delay immigration reform while youth like Herta continue to be deported. Wemust make sure that the DREAM Act is passed as part of Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Tomorrow, immigration reform advocates are meeting at the White House. Send in your question for the White House HERE or text ASK (PREGUNTA for Spanish) to 69866. [youtube =]

An open letter to Secretary Janet Napolitano about the pending deportation of Herta Llusho today.

Dear Secretary Napolitano,

A bright, deserving student from Detroit is about to be deported, and we implore you to act to stop this injustice.

By now you have probably heard of Herta Llusho, a native of Albania who was brought to the United States by her parents when she was only 11 years old. Like so many families who come here, they were seeking a better life, the American Dream.

If you haven't heard of her you should know this young lady graduated from high school with a 4.05 GPA, and is now a freshman at the school of electrical engineering at the University of Detroit Mercy, where she is excelling.

Herta and her parents have worked hard to overcome language barriers, to integrate and become part of our country's fabric. She is one of many reasons why we need the DREAM Act passed.  Our country can't afford to expel bright students like Herta, who can contribute to moving our  country forward and out of our current slump. President Obama was correct in saying, "These students are now children of the United States." Herta is a child of the United States and deserves to stay here.

Ms. Napolitano, your action is urgently needed. Herta is scheduled to be deported on Wednesday, August 19, 2009. She submitted a deferred action request in February 2009, but it has yet to be adjudicated.

Herta's case number is A-96-139-441. Please defer her deportation until Congress passes comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act.

Sen. Levin has already written a letter to Assistant Secretary John T. Morton of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requesting prosecutorial discretion in Herta's case.

Ms. Napolitano, you have the power to help Herta. Please review her case, and defer action.  Don't let Herta become yet another innocent victim of our broken immigration system.


Marissa Graciosa Campaign Coordinator Fair Immigration Reform Movement/Center for Community Change

For action items on how you can help stop Herta's deportation, keep reading.

Actions: In order of priority:

  1. Send a  FAX to DHS, copy and paste talking points and send:

After doing above do:

  1. Call Janet Napolitano, Director of Department of Homeland Security, and leave comments of support for Herta and also ask that DHS stop her deportation:  202-282-8495 **note this is an answering machine, once it is full it is out of commission for day.  Fill it up now with Herta calls.
  2. Call Assistant Secretary to ICE, John Morton and leave a message urging him to take action and defer Herta’s deportation: 202.732.3000 **Note this is a live comment line, i.e. a human being will pick up and take your message.** Be very polite “I am calling to leave a message of support for Herta Llusho who is being deported tomorrow, <insert talking point>.  I ask that Director Morton contact Field Director Vincent Clausen and defer Herta’s deportation, she is an asset to this country.”

After doing above do:

  1. Call LaSal Austin, director of the local DHS in Michigan, at 313-259-8562. Urge him to take legislators’ (Senator Carl Levin and congresswoman Kilpatrick) leads and take immediate action to defer the deportation of Herta Llusho.
  2. Join the facebook group for immediate updates:
  3. Sign petition which will be hand-delivered to targets:
  4. Use SEIU Click to Call Action Tool to call DHS:
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