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#BringThemHome: Juan Manuel Roa "Two of my uncles were already kidnapped..."

It's time to bring Juan home; he's been in Mexico a little over a year and already two of his uncles have been kidnapped. The threats just don't stop. Juan should not be cast aside just for missing DACA by 3-months. BringJuanHome!

Make a call & sign the petition asking ICE and the Obama administration to grant permission for Juan to come home.

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

Sample script: “Hi, I am calling to ask ICE to grant humanitarian parole to Juan Manuel Roa. Juan has lived in Michigan for most of his life, he missed DACA by three months. I think Dreamers like him should have a way of coming home and claiming their space in this counry. 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 Juan Manuel Roa, and allow for him to come home to his family in Michigan. Juan is one of many Dreamers who was raised here in the United States yet was forced to go back to his birth country. Juan is ready to come home - I urge you to grant his parole request allowing him to do so.

Juan, now 23, lives in Michoacán, Mexico, but not by choice. He yearns for the chance to come back to his real home in Holland, Michigan. When Juan was just 10, he and his 14 year-old brother made the trek, on their own, to the U.S., in order to re-unite with his mother who had been working in the U.S. to pay for their trip. After numerous attempts the duo finally made it. “I will never forget the moment when my mom woke me up, looked me in the eyes and hugged me.”

After living with his mother for a few years, Juan moved in with his father in Michigan. There he graduated from West Ottawa High School, in Holland, Michigan. “Everything seemed to be pretty good. During that time Michigan was still issuing drivers licenses to undocumented people so I had a car and wasn’t scared or anything.”

It wasn’t until after graduating from high school that life began to get complicated for Juan. “It was sad to talk to my classmates about the future and the career plans we had because I knew that mine wouldn’t be possible due to my status. They were excited about college plans, I had none.” Juan struggled for several years, trying to find a way to move forward in life, but because of his legal status he kept hitting the same wall.

In March of 2012 Juan made the decision to move back to Mexico. There he faced a huge culture shock; “I couldn’t even get my Mexican I.D.” Living in Michoacán proved to be very difficult, two of Juan’s uncles were kidnapped by cartels seeking money. “As soon as I open my mouth people know I am American, and because of that they think I must have money or something. Life is scary here; it’s dangerous, there is so much violence where I live.”

Now, a year and a half later, Juan wants nothing more than to once again be able to look his mom in the eyes and know he’s made it, back to his home. Grant his parole, bring Juan home!

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