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#BringThemHome: Marco Pacheco, Fights to Return to Dallas, Texas

Rule number 1, you don't mess with Texas; Marco is ready to come home.  He made the decision to leave just one-month before DACA was announced. Marco tried to once come back but was caught and deported, now it's time for round 2! #BringMarcoHome

Make a call & sign the petition asking ICE and the Obama administration to grant permission for Marco 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 Marco Pacheco. Marco graduated high school and community college in the U.S.; he missed DACA by one month. I think Dreamers like him should have a way of coming home and claiming their space in this country. 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 Marco Pacheco, and allow for him to come home to his family in Dallas, Texas. Marco is one of many Dreamers who was raised here in the United States, yet was forced to go back to his birth country. Marco is now ready to come home, I urge you to grant his parole request allowing him to do so.

Marco, now 21, left Mexico with his family when he was just 12 years old. His family settled in Mansfield, Texas, a place where Marco called home for nearly a decade. “I started 7th grade at Worley Middle School and in 8th Grade I was selected to be in the National Junior Honor Society of Secondary Schools. I attended Mansfield High, where I was selected by Univision 23 as Student of the Week.” In 2010 Marco graduated, earning a place in the distinguished achievement program.

After graduating from high school Marco quickly jumped into the college routine, he began taking classes at Tarrant County College (TCC), and in 2012 he graduated with his associate’s degree. Graduating was no easy task, not being able to work with papers, Marco was forced to work in construction with his dad. “All of the money I earned went towards my tuition; I couldn’t even afford books for class, I would have to go to the library and do my homework there.”

A week after graduating, just one month before DACA was announced, Marco made the decision to return to Mexico. “I had to say painful goodbyes to both my parents, five sisters and three brothers, as well as nieces and nephews, friends and schoolmates and the place where I grew up.” Arriving in Mexico, Marco realized the mistake he made, the country he was born in was nothing like what he remembered. “Even a trip to the store was dangerous because there are gangs on every corner and at any moment they will fight each other or jump someone who was not from that neighborhood."

In June of 2012, after DACA was announced, Marco attempted to cross the border and come home to his family. He was caught and deported after five days in a detention center. Back in Querétaro, trying to make the best of his situation, Marco tried to enroll in school but was told, because he had gone to school in the U.S. it would take nearly a year to validate his previous schooling. Marco then tried to do things the “right way” by applying for a student visa, to come back home. “They told me I wouldn’t get the Visa because I had lived in the U.S. before. I was devastated.”

If allowed to come home Marco plans on finishing his college degree. He hopes to one day work in the field of medicine, working with improvised children with disabilities. Marco is now asking for permission to come back home to his family in Dallas. Marco fears for his life every day, yesterday his neighbor was killed, tomorrow he fears it will be him. “The violence just doesn’t stop here.” I urge you to grant Marco Pacheco’s request for humanitarian parole, and that you allow for him to come home.

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