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#BringThemHome: Alberto Peniche, Future Physiologist from Revere, MA

Six days after graduating high school & three days before DACA was announced, Alberto left to Mexico. Not being present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, should not overshadow his 13-years of living in Massachusetts. BringAlbertoHome!

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DC ICE @ 202-732-3000

Sample script: “Hi, I am calling to ask ICE to grant humanitarian parole to Alberto Peniche, who graduated high school in Massachusetts and left for Mexico just three days before DACA was announced. His 13-years of living here in the U.S. should not be thrown out just because he was not here on June 15, 2012. Dreamers like Alberto should have a way to come home. Please grant him humanitarian parole immediately!"

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The Petition

To John Sandweg, Acting Director of ICE:

I write to ask that you grant humanitarian parole to Alberto Peniche, and allow for him to come home to his family in Massachusetts. Alberto is one of many Dreamers who was raised here in the United States, yet was forced to go back to his birth country. Alberto is now ready to come home, I urge you to grant his parole request allowing him to do so.

Alberto, now 20, was raised in Revere, Massachusetts from the age of seven. Last year, just three days before President Obama announced Deferred Action, Alberto and his family left everything behind and returned to Mexico. "What we didn’t realize was that everything in Mexico was so different than what he had left behind. It wasn’t the same country to us."

Alberto lived the typical All-American childhood. He was heavily involved in sports and clubs; "I represented my high school in football, indoor and outdoor track, swimming, the debate team and even the Model UN." It wasn’t until the end of his sophomore year when he realized he was different, "I asked my dad why I couldn’t get a license. He told me it was because I was an illegal immigrant. I googled it and was devastated to see what that meant for me."

Six days after he graduated high school, the Peniche family made the decision to move to Mexico. "We were hearing a lot of rumors about immigration just picking people up and e-verify being used. My family was scared, my parents quit their jobs and we packed up and just left." Three days after his family's move, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was announced. "The spark that we once had was gone, extinguished and never to be lit again."

After getting over the defeat Alberto tried to piece his life back together, but ran into road block after road block. In Mexico he was considered a foreign student, being told by universities that he did not meet the 5-year history requirement to attend. His previous coursework needed to be re-validated. "I was told I needed to take a placement test. I failed it with flying colors. I can’t even speak Spanish the right way, here in Mexico."

If allowed to come home, Alberto hopes to attend college and become a physiologist. Alberto’s sister, Maria, was a member of the Dream 9. Maria was granted parole on August 7th and Alberto hopes to follow in her footsteps and soon to be reunited with her. I urge you to grant Alberto’s request for parole, and that you allow for him to come home.

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