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#BringThemHome: If Home is Wherever I'm with You, Why Can't Esther Return to her Family?

While one of Esther’s sons is a growing boy of only 16 years old, another found success in the army and yet another achieved fame with Esther’s granddaughter on the Ellen Show, Esther was forcibly separated from her family because of a broken immigration system.

Esther returned to Mexico calling the United States home for over 20 years so that her husband could petition for her permanent residency. However, her petition was denied, and now she is coming home to the state she calls home and the family she loves!


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Sample Script: “I am calling to ask that you allow Esther to return to her home in the United States. Her son risks serves this country in the army while Esther is forced to live under the threat of extortion in Mexico. Esther’s husband, sons, and grandchildren are all U.S. citizens. Let her come home!”

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The Petition

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

For people like Esther Alvarado, there is no way to come home. In 2007, Esther tried to come back the ‘right way’ by having her husband and the father of her children petition for her permanent residency only to have her application denied. For people like Esther there is no way to come back. She was denied re-entry into the United States because of the fact that they had lived before in the U.S., without legal status. If it weren't for our broken immigration system, Esther would be home in San Diego, California with her family.

Esther came to the United States in 1987 and built her life here, her home. It is where her U.S. citizen children and grandchildren call home. It is where one of her sons became an army sergeant and risks his life for this country. The United States was everything to Esther and her family. It wasn’t until twenty years later, in 2007, that she returned to Mexico in order for her husband to petition for her permanent residency that her life and her family was turned upside down.

After applying for re-entry and for permanent residency, the U.S. government denied her petition. Esther came to the United States in search of safety the only way she could, and it is in Tijuana, where she currently lives, that her life is threatened by extortionists on a daily basis. It is also in Tijuana that Esther suffers from depression for being separated from her family, including her 16 year old son who is at the age where a mother's care is necessary for his development. When her son and grandaughter, Jorge and Alexa, became international sensations after singing on the Ellen Show, Esther couldn’t celebrate their achievement, because she cannot return to her home.

We are asking that you allow for Esther to come home to the United States. This person has no other way of coming home. They've already tried everything else. We feel that people who have lived in the U.S. for a long time should be allowed to reunite with their families. A lot of these people were forced to leave the U.S., either because they were deported, had family deported, or were fleeing policies like SB1070. If your administration is an advocate for immigrants, then people like Esther should be allowed to come home.

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