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#BringThemHome: Edgar Torres - "Even the Police Extort us here!"

At the age of 18 Edgar was ripped from his friends and family, all over a silly fight with a high school friend. Had he been 50ft closer to the school, Edgar would not have spent the last 3 years of his life stuck in Mexico. It's time to fix the wrong and BringEdgarHome!

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Sample script: “Hi, I am calling to ask ICE to grant humanitarian parole to Edgar Torres, who grew up in Texas and has not seen his family in three years. Edgar was deported over a silly fight, his senior year. He has tried to come back but was denied. Dreamers like Edgar deserve to 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 Edgar Torres, and allow for him to come home to his family in Texas. Edgar is one of many Dreamers who was raised here in the United States, yet was forced to go back to his birth country. Edgar is now ready to come home, I urge you to grant his parole request allowing him to do so.

Edgar, now 22, had previously lived in Texas for 13 years from the time he was seven until just before graduating high school. Edgar did not leave his home of Texas willingly; on July 24, 2010, he was deported. “It was stupid, I got into a silly fight with a friend senior year of high school and since we were 50 feet off campus the principal called the police. I was arrested and deported. The kid was even shocked; he tried to advocate for my release but they didn’t listen.”

Just like that Edgar’s life was forever changed. “I was kicked out of my home of 13 years, pushed away from my family.” Living in Houston, Edgar was your typical All-American kid, he enjoyed skateboarding, rollerblading and NASCAR. As a teenager he was part of the church choir Vita Nova, for six years he volunteered with Youth for Family and Life, he also played on the school’s basketball team. Edgar tried to stay has involved as possible in the community: “I just wanted to be a part of everything.” Edgar was a member of the Junior Senate of America, and DECA, where he once placed first and second place in the Aldine District Science fair, global destination challenge.

For the last three years Edgar has been in a country foreign to him. “I just don’t fit in here, it’s not my home.” Besides the normal nostalgia, Edgar is afraid for his life. “Here in Mexico if they think you are American then you are in trouble. Sometimes when I talk I know people just know, from my accent, that I don’t belong here. I can’t count how many times I’ve had a gun to my head, they think I have money. The police here have even tried to extort me. It’s just dangerous here.”

Just this past year Edgar tried to apply for a tourist visa, to come home to visit his family. “I haven’t laid hands on my own family in 3-years! I just wanted to hold them.” His visa was denied, immigration said because he had lived in the U.S. before they would not grant his permission to even visit. “I was devastated.”

This is Edgar’s only chance at finally coming home to his family. I urge you to grant Edgar’s request for humanitarian parole. In Mexico, Edgar is afraid for his life, he needs to be home and you have the power to do that. Bring Edgar home.

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