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#BringThemHome: Alex Traveled to Mexico to Care for His Sick Grandmother, Now Let Him Return to His Family in California!

Alex lived with his family in California for ten years, where he graduated from high school and worked hard to make his community a better place. He left three months ago to care for his sick grandmother in Mexico, and now he needs to be back home to help support his family in California!

Alex has done nothing wrong and needs to come back home to California.

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National ICE @ 202-732-3000 or 202-732-3100

Sample Script: “I am calling to ask that you allow Edgar "Alex" Aldana back into the U.S. He traveled to Mexico to take care of his sick grandmother, but now he needs to go home to his mother and sister in California. Let Alex come home!"

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The Petition

To President Obama and Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson:

We, the undersigned, ask you to allow Edgar Alejandro (Alex) Aldana Viramontes to return home to his family in California. Alex was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, but when his father's business collapsed in 2003, he moved to California with his family as economic refugees. Alex's life has been very difficult since he arrived in the United States. His father was abusive and harassed Alex for being gay. In order to stay away from his father, Alex was forced to live in homeless shelters for months, along with his mother and sister.

Even as Alex's life remained chaotic, he found shelter in books and reading. He graduated from La Quinta high school with a 3.7 GPA as his mother worked picking strawberries every day to support their family. Learning from his mother's hard-working example, Alex felt an urgency and moral responsibility to stand up against oppression. He worked for the next 7 years in HIV prevention, advocacy, and organizing in immigrant LGBTQ communities.

After ten years in California, Alex traveled to Mexico three months ago to care for his ill grandmother. Over these past few months, he has been shocked to discover how crime and corruption make life particularly difficult for the LGBTQ community in Mexico. In Guadalajara alone, 128 gay and lesbian people have been killed, and none were reported as hate crimes. Now he wants to return to La Quinta because his mother and siblings need him. He wants to help his mother bring light to the domestic violence she suffered, so that she may get relief in her immigration case.

We ask that you allow Alex to come home to the United States. He was forced to leave his family behind and has no other way of reuniting with them. We believe that people who have built lives for themselves in the U.S. should be allowed to return to their families. If your administration truly supports immigrants, you should allow people like Alex to come home.

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Le escribimos para pedir que permita Edgar Alejandro (Alex) Aldana Viramontes regresar a casa con su familia en California. Alex nació en Guadalajara, México, pero cuando el negocio de su padre se derrumbó en 2003, se mudó a California con su familia como refugiados económicos. La vida de Alex ha sido muy difícil desde que llegó a los Estados Unidos. Su padre era abusivo y acosado Alex por ser gay. Para mantenerse alejado de su padre, Alex se vio obligado a vivir en refugios para indigentes durante meses, junto con su madre y su hermana.

A pesar de que la vida de Alex permaneció caótica, encontró refugio en los libros y la lectura. Se graduó de la escuela secundaria de La Quinta con un GPA de 3.7 y su madre trabajaba recogiendo fresas todos los días para mantener a su familia. Aprender de ejemplo de su madre, Alex sintió una urgencia y la responsabilidad moral de levantarse contra la opresión. Trabajó para los próximos 7 años en la prevención del VIH y la organización de las comunidades inmigrantes LGBTQ.

Después de diez años en California , Alex viajó a México hace tres meses para cuidar a su abuela enferma. Durante estos últimos meses, se ha sorprendido al descubrir cómo el crimen y la corrupción hacen que la vida particularmente difícil para la comunidad LGBTQ en México. Tan sólo en Guadalajara, 128 gente gay y lesbiana han sido asesinadas, y no fueron reportado como crímenes de odio. Ahora quiere volver a La Quinta porque su madre y sus hermanos lo necesitan. Él quiere ayudar a su madre llevar la luz a la violencia doméstica que sufrió, por lo que ella puede obtener alivio en su caso de inmigración.

Le pedimos que usted permite que Alex vuelva a casa a los Estados Unidos. Él se vio obligado a dejar atrás a su familia y no tiene otra manera de reunirse con ellos. Creemos que las personas que han construido vidas por sí mismos en los EE.UU. se les debe permitir regresar a sus familias. Si su administración verdaderamente apoya los inmigrantes , debe permitir que gente como Alex vuelvan a casa.

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