November 18, 2012
Vigil for Detained DREAMer JesusFrom Educators for Fair Consideration:
Immigrant groups urge ICE to free DREAMer facing deportation in time for Thanksgiving
San Jose resident, unfairly detained for two months, aspires to join marines
What: Community vigil calling for immigration officials to release Jesús Ruiz Diego, a “DREAMer” who has lived in the US since age four and aspires to join the US Marine Corps, but is currently detained and at risk of deportation.
When: 5:00 PM, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012
Where: 630 Sansome St, San Francisco
Who: Immigrant rights organizations including DreamActivist.org, Asian Law Caucus, American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, Educators for Fair Consideration, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights Through Education (ASPIRE), National Immigrant Youth Alliance, San Francisco Immigrant Youth Collection, Services Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN), Students Advocating for Higher Education at San Jose State (SAHE)
San Francisco – With Sunday marking two months since Dreamer Jesús Ruiz Diego was unfairly detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), community groups will gather at the agency’s Northern California headquarters Monday to call for ICE to release Jesús and reunite him with his family in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The case underscores the disconnect between current, unjust detention and deportation policies and President Obama's stated intent and support for creating a reasonable immigration process. Such a process needs to include a pathway to citizenship for promising young people like Jesus through measures like the federal DREAM Act.
About Jesús: Jesus came to the United States with his family at the age of four. He attended kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school in San Jose, which he considers his hometown. As the first person in his family and in his neighborhood to graduate from high school, Jesus has served as a role model for his community.
After 9/11, Jesus began dreaming of joining the United States military. He graduated in 2004, with the hope of joining the Marines, but learned he was unable to pursue his dream due to his immigration status. While continuing to dream about joining the Marines one day, Jesus was accepted to college. But because he couldn’t afford it, he decided to find work to support his younger U.S.-citizen-brother and to be able to later go to college.
In 2008, immigration officers raided Jesus’ home in San Jose and deported him to Mexico. Jesus later learned that back in 1998, when he was an eleven-year old boy, his family had been ordered deported as the result of an unsuccessful asylum claim. For the first time in his life for as long as he could remember, Jesus was living in Mexico, where he knew no one.
Surrounded by violence, he quickly made his way back to the United States, the place he had considered his home since the age of four. On September 18, 2012, ICE detained Jose at his workplace and immediately put him in deportation proceedings. He has been held at the Yuba County Detention Center ever since.
Along with your presence this Monday, we urge you to please sign this petition.
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