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#BringThemHome: Alfredo Cornejo Fights to Return to Marion, North Carolina

It's time to Bring Alfredo Home. He's been living in North Carolina since he was 13, he's excelled in school and on the soccer field. Tired of living in fear, in the shadows of his friends back here in the U.S., Alfredo is ready to come home.

Make a call & ask ICE to grant permission for Alfredo to come home. Our goal today is 100 calls!

TAKE ACTION - Make calls and sign his petition!

DC ICE @ 202-732-3000

Sample script: “Hi, I am calling to ask ICE to grant humanitarian parole to Alfredo Cornejo, who attended high school in North Carolina, where he was named Student of the Year and excelled in sports as well.He returned to Mexico and has been living under constant threats ever since. 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 Alfredo Cornejo, and allow for him to come home to his family in North Carolina. Alfredo is one of many Dreamers who was raised here in the United States, yet was forced to go back to his birth country. Alfredo is now ready to come home, I urge you to grant his parole request allowing him to do so.

Nearly a decade ago, when he was just 13, Alfredo made the trek to Marion in order to reunite with his parents who were already living there. Leaving was not an easy decision, Alfredo was pretty much raised by his grandmother; he knew that by leaving he would probably never see her again. “It was hard. She was the person who raised me, but staying was hard too; the gangs were trying to get me to join and it just wasn’t a safe place. So I left.”

At first Alfredo struggled a lot; he enrolled in Junior High not speaking a word of English. By 9th grade it was a different story. Alfredo quickly excelled in all of his studies, and even had an active sports life. “I made very good grades in school, I was awarded student of the year and the Andrew Wilkerson Award. I ran track and field; I was awarded the All-Conference Award by the 3A-4A Mountain Athletic Association, I placed in the top 3 in several championships, Most Valuable Player, and Athlete of the week by the Marion Rotary Club.”

It wasn’t until graduating from McDowell High that Alfredo’s legal status became an issue. Alfredo was awarded a small academic/athletic scholarship to attend Belmont Abbey College. There he was able to complete one semester before being forced to drop out. “It was over for me; there was no way I could pay $37,000 a year without any permission to work in this country.”

After dropping out from college Alfredo decided he would try his luck in Mexico; “I was really scared, I knew leaving meant I would be leaving my home behind. I thought it was the only choice I had, I just knew I needed to go to school to become something and here in America I couldn’t do that.”  In Mexico things were just as difficult. “I soon realized it was a big mistake [coming to Mexico.] Here, not only was I not able to go to school but I also began getting threats. People thought I must have money because I lived in North Carolina and they tried to threaten me.”

Now, Alfredo is ready to come back home. “I am tired of being separated from my home, my family and everything I care about. I don’t want to live in fear anymore. I am just as much a Dreamer as everyone else our President Obama talks about.”

I urge you to grant Jose Alfredo Cornejo’s request for parole and allow for him to come home. North Carolina is here Alfredo belongs.

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