Dylan Was Deported :(
Dylan was on a Greyhound bus in Buffalo, New York when ICE agents boarded the bus. He was detained and held in a detention center for a week. Now he faces deportation on May 29. For Dylan, returning to Johannesburg is an issue of life and death. Help us stop his deportation!
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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 Neil Dylan Quiroga (A# 201-218-586).
In August of 2011, Dylan was traveling through Buffalo, New York on a Greyhound bus when ICE agents boarded the bus and began asking for identification. Dylan was detained and held in a detention center for a week before he was released. He is now in deportation proceedings and ICE has told him he has to leave the country by May 29, 2012.
Dylan came to the United States in 2004 from South Africa and has lived in Maryland ever since. Dylan’s father came on a work visa, which allowed Dylan to hold an H4 Dependent Visa. Once Dylan turned 21, however, the visa expired and Dylan fell out of status. Dylan’s father, step-mother, and younger sister are all green card holders. Before leaving Johannesburg, Dylan and his family were robbed 7 times and held at gunpoint. Dylan’s mother, who resides in Johannesburg, has been held hostage at gunpoint and was lucky to escape. For Dylan, returning to Johannesburg is an issue of life and death.
Dylan graduated from Albert Einstein High School in 2005. Seeking to pursue a degree in Nursing, Dylan attended Montgomery College to help him reach his goal. He was admitted into the Honors Program and wanted to pursue a 4-year degree, but his immigration status made it very difficult to do so. Dylan has been an active volunteer at Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity, volunteering as an English teacher; Charlie’s Place, a breakfast program that serves food, distributes clothes, and offers support for the community; as well as for the Save Darfur Campaign and International Campaign for Tibet.
According to the memo issued by John Morton, Dylan is not a priority for deportation and should be granted favorable exercise of Prosecutorial Discretion. At 25 years old, Dylan’s only dream is to continue with his education in Nursing and stay in the United States with his family.
We, the undersigned, urge you to stop the deportation of Neil Dylan Quiroga (A# 201-218-586).