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To Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, John Morton; and Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano:
We, the undersigned, write to request that you take immediate action to stop the deportation of DREAM Act student Jordana Judith Vera Serna (A# 201 246 042).
Jordana was brought to the United States, from Argentina, when she was only 12 years old. She attended Carteret High School and began working at a local supermarket, during her junior year of high school, in order to provide for her family. Jordana was unable to graduate from high school because her family relied on her financially. However, she valued her education and obtained her G.E.D from Amboy Adult Center while working as a waitress.
After completing her G.E.D, Jordana began to save up enough money to attend community college. She was planning to enroll during the Fall 2011 semester, but her desire to pursue higher education was stopped abruptly on July 22, 2011 when ICE came to her home in search for her brother and tried to force themselves in. Instead, they found Jordana and, after finding out her immigration status, decided to detain her.
On August 11, 2011, Jordana was told to gather her belongings and was taken to Newark Liberty International Airport. Distressed with the thought of leaving the only country she knows, Jordana refused to board the plane and missed her flight. To punish her, ICE officers sent her to Hudson County Jail, where conditions are harsher than in the detention center. In January, she was transferred to Delaney Hall Detention Center where she was held until her release on April 11, 2012. However, she still faces deportation and should be granted deferred action.
Jordana is eligible for the DREAM Act. According to the memo issued by John Morton, she is not a priority for deportation and should be granted favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. While detained, Jordana helped other undocumented women who are more vulnerable because they don’t speak English. Jordana wants to stay in the United States so she can begin her college education with the goal of becoming a lawyer or a psychologist.
We, the undersigned, urge you to stop the deportation of Jordana Judith Vera Serna (A# 201 246 042) and ask that you grant her deferred action.