New Jersey Brothers Represent Latest Case of “Uneven” Deportation Policy Breaking Families Apart
For Immediate Release
Contact: Carlos Rojas 732-372-1487; firstname.lastname@example.org,
Telephonic Press Conference: Friday, November 18, 11:00 AM EST**
**Dial in: 1-800-931-6429 Passcode: DREAM**
PATERSON, NEW JERSEY– Yesterday, the New York Times reported that Department of Homeland Security will begin a review of all deportation cases before the immigration courts and start a nationwide training program for enforcement agents and prosecuting lawyers, with the goal of speeding deportations of “high priority” immigrants and halting those of some “low priority” individuals.
In New Jersey, two of those hard working DREAM Act eligible undocumented immigrants are the Valle brothers. They are on the verge of deportation following a year and three months of combined detention. Michell D. Valle and Yasser S. Valle were born in Peru and immigrated to the United States in 1989, at the young age of 6 and 5 years old and went on to pursue their high school and college education. Michell, a father of two, has been detained for over a year (since October 25, 2010) and his brother Yasser for over three months (since August 5, 2011).
New Jersey has become one of the most intransigent states when it comes to handling deportation cases. On Monday Novemver 14, 2011, the Newark ICE Office refused to accept the Stay of Removal request that the Valle’s attorney attempted to file.
In light of this, legal experts, advocates, family and friends of the Valle brothers that have been engaged in activities to halt their deportation are coming together to address their case and unveil new support efforts.
WHAT: Telephonic press conference with legal experts, advocates, family friends to call on ICE Field Office Director, John Tsoukaris, to use Morton Memo and cancel deportation of the Valle brothers. An announcement will be made during the call on a major action that will take place on Thanksgiving’s eve.
Gaby Pacheco and Rosa Saavedra, United We Dream (co-moderators)
Eric Mark, Valle brothers’ attorney
Juan Pablo Orjuela, New Jersey DREAM Act Coalition (NJDAC)
Karen Martinez, Michell’s girlfriend and mother of his two children
Liz Valle, Valle brothers’ sister
Friday, November 18, 11:00 AM Eastern
Dial in: 1800-895-0231; Passcode: DREAM
More about the Valle brothers and their case
Michell wrote the following letter to United We Dream from a detention facility in New Jersey, where they are currently under I.C.E. supervision.
“I am a father of two beautiful kids, a boy and a girl who are only 3 and 4 years old. They depend on me and constantly ask when daddy is coming home. I also have two nieces and three nephews whom my brother and I helped raise. They think that their uncles are in a program where they can’t leave because of work purposes.” To read full letter click here. Approximately 1000 petitions have been signed from supporters to tell ICE Field Office Director, John Tsoukaris, to release Michell D. Valle and Yasser S. Valle from detention, and grant them Prosecutorial Discretion.
The United We Dream (UWD) Network is a national immigrant youth-led organization that aims to achieve equal access to higher education for all people, regardless of immigration status. We have 40 affiliate groups in 30 states. UWD recently convened 450 immigrant youth leaders from across the country to plan the next phase of the immigrant youth movement during its 3rd annual National Congress last week in Texas. UWD is celebrating 10 years of empowering immigrant youth to create change and promote justice for immigrant families.