Stop Elier Lara's Deportation!
Call Sen. Brown
Local office: (513) 684-1021
Washington D.C. Office: (202) 224-2315
Sample call-in script: "Hi I was calling to ask that the Senator contact ICE and ask that Elier Lara's deportation be deferred. Elier has been living here since he was 4 and he has no memory of Mexico. If allowed to stay he will continue to contribute back to his community in Ohio."
1. Will the senator contact John Morton of ICE asking for deferred action?
2. Will the senator write a letter of support for Elier to John Morton?
3. Will the senator issue a private bill to help Elier?
What happens to Elier is now in the hands of Senator Brown, please urge him to take action.
UPDATE: At a May 20th court date, it was decided by ICE that Elier's case would not be dropped and that, instead, he would continue to face deportation.
This decision seems to go against everything the Obama administration keeps touting. Take action to keep Elier in the United States.
Last year, Elier was on a trip to New York with other students from his high school to compete at Nationals for Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE). After placing in the highly competitive field, garnering Honorable Mention and receiving the competition’s Innovation Award, Elier was singled out at the airport before his team boarded to fly back to his home in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is set to be deported to Mexico, a country he hasn't been to since he was 4 years old.
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To Senator Brown and Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, John Morton:
We, the undersigned, write to humbly request that you take action to immediately stop the deportation of Elier Lara.
On May 20th 2011, Elier was in court fighting his case to stay in the United States; his only home. Despite the overwhelming support he has received from his community, Immigration and Customs Enforcement decided to continue their case to deport Elier. President Obama and his administration have said they are not deporting DREAM-eligible youth, yet Elier is still in facing deportation. This goes against what President Obama has told immigrant youth and the immigrant community. We urge his administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement to reconsider this decision immediately and allow Elier to remain in the United States.
Elier was brought to the US when he was just 4 years old. He has no memory of Mexico, the country where he was born, yet the Department of Homeland Security wants to send him back there.
Last year, Elier was on a trip to New York with other students from his high school to compete at Nationals for Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE). After placing in the highly competitive field, garnering Honorable Mention and receiving the competition’s Innovation Award, Elier was singled out at the airport before his team boarded to fly back to Cincinnati. He had brought with him the only form of identification he owned—a school ID.
In front of his teammates and coach, he was arrested and forced into deportation proceedings. He is currently waiting anxiously for his court date to appear before the judge who will decide the future course of his young life. He and his family fear for his life if the judge allows DHS to proceed with his case. His family is originally from an area near the US border which has been decimated by drug cartel violence. His hometown recently experienced a civilian massacre and subsequent car bombings. Elier’s bright future literally hangs in the balance.
Elier has excelled academically since he first entered school. He inherited his parents’ undying work ethic and hunger for education. He graduated high school with a 3.8 grade point average while carrying a challenging course load of AP classes. Although his work in the classroom is impressive, Elier’s efforts outside the classroom are what set him apart. While still in high school, Elier co-founded and served as President of a small business in which he nurtured two of his passions— technology and entrepreneurship. It was through this business and his leadership on the Business Professionals of America team that he and his teammates took second place at the State level, earning them a trip to Nationals.
Elier’s dream of pursuing an advanced degree in Information Technology will be cut short if he is deported. Ohio can’t afford to deport a young, motivated entrepreneur like Elier Lara. Please take action to stop his deportation immediately.