As New Jersey families prepare for Thanksgiving, Two Paterson Brothers Face Deportation and Separation from Families
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Juan Pablo Orjuela
PATERSON, NJ – November 18, 2011- The New York Times reported last week that the Department of Homeland Security is about to begin a review of all deportation cases before the immigration courts, with the goal of speeding deportations of “high priority” immigrants and halting those of some “low priority” individuals.
In New Jersey, two of those “low priority” individuals are the Valle brothers. Despite being hard-working and eligible for the DREAM Act, 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 ages 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).
The New Jersey DREAM Act Coalition (NJDAC), a statewide immigrant youth-led organization that advocates for immigrant youth rights, will gather along with members of the Paterson community tomorrow at a Pentecostal Church for a vigil in support of the Valle brothers. Community members will stand united to demand that the Newark Immigration Office review their case and release them from detention so that they may be reunited with their young children and families from whom they have been separated for so long.
What: Vigil to Support the Valle Brothers
Who: Members of the Valle Family
Brenda Aguilar, New Jersey DREAM Act Coalition
Juan Pablo Orjuela, New Jersey DREAM Act Coalition
When: November 22nd, 2011 at 7 pm
Where: Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Elohim
362 E 27th Street
Persons interested in participating should join us on this date or contact Juan Pablo Orjuela at 201 757 5876 for more information about the case.