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#BringThemHome: Israel Rodriguez, Columbia Graduate, Fights to Come Home!

Israel is so ready to come home. Feeling that even an Ivy League degree could not provide opportunities, he returned to Mexico. He is struggling to adjust in a country he does not know and lives in fear with all the violence around him. #BringIsraelHome

Sign the petition & call ICE; ask them to grant permission for Israel to come home.

Call immigration in D.C. @ 202-732-3000

Sample script: “Hi, I am calling to ask that ICE grant parole for Israel Rodriguez. He grew up in California and earned a Women's and Gender Studies degree from Columbia University. Now he is in Mexico City, where thousands of people are are kidnapped and murdered each year. Israel should be back where he has spent most of his life, bring him home!"

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The Petition

To John Sandweg, Acting Director of ICE:

I write to ask that you grant humanitarian parole to Israel Rodrigues Rubio so he may return to his family in the U.S. and pursue his career dreams away from the violence of Mexico. Israel came to the United States with his family when he was six years old seeking a better life. They settled in California, where Israel had no trouble learning English and seeing himself as part of a community. Israel performed well in school and earned several academic awards through the years, including the countywide ESL Award in 2nd grade and Outstanding Student of the Year later on.

Israel was accepted to Columbia University and graduated in 2011 with a degree in Women’s and Gender Studies. Despite all his successes, Israel’s undocumented status limited him in pursuing his dreams, and graduation was a bittersweet moment. “My legal status - that of undocumented - always hindered me from going above and beyond what I wanted to achieve. I always had to limit myself, waiting and wishing that someone or something would help me to that next level. Nonetheless, I worked hard hoping that something in the political world would change. But it didn't.”

By 2011, being a couple of months away from graduation, Israel settled on leaving for Mexico. “If nothing changed, I would have to change things myself. While most people rejoiced in completing one significant stage of life and taking that next step, I was only left wondering what I would do.” Israel in now in Mexico City, having trouble integrating into a society he barely knows and surrounded by increasing violence and political instability. Every year, thousands of people are kidnapped and murdered in Mexico City, and Israel could be next.”

“I miss my family and I often wonder when I’ll see them again. It’s something that really haunts me and something that makes me regret leaving the U.S. I left to pursue my dreams, but I find it that I’m still dreaming.” I urge you to grant Israel’s request for parole so he may return to his family and pursue his dreams.

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