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We Did It! Rodrigo gets to stay!

UPDATE: Thanks to your support, Rodrigo won't be deported and will be able to stay in the U.S. with his family and friends! Thank you for helping Rodrigo.

URGENT:
Rodrigo, a bright 16 year old, will have to check in with ICE with a one way ticket back to Mexico in hand on October 4th. Please take immediate action to stop his deportation!

Rodrigo was brought to the United States when he was only 10 years old. Now 16, he is a sophmore at Harding University High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has big dreams of graduating from high school and going to college to study International Relations. He is also an active member of his church. As a Boy Scout, he volunteers to coach soccer to young kids.

Rodrigo was arrested for "larceny" and accused of shoplifting at the  mall. The criminal charges were dropped but ICE still wants to deport him. Please take action now to stop his deportation!

TAKE ACTION - MAKE A CALL:

1. Call DHS – Janet Napolitano (202-282-8495) and ICE – John Morton (202.732.3000)

Sample Script: "I am calling to ask that DREAM-Eligible student Rodrigo Cruz (A# 200-971-037)
be allowed to stay in the U.S. Rodrigo has been living in the U.S. for over 6 years. Now 16, he is a sophmore at his high school in Charlotte, North Carolina and dreams of going to college to study International Relations. Don't deport Rodrigo Cruz."

SIGN THE PETITION:

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The Petition

To Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, John Morton and Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano:

We, the undersigned, write to humbly request that you take immediate action to stop the deportation of Rodrigo Cruz (A# 200-971-037).

Rodrigo was brought to the United States when he was only 10 years old. Originally from Mexico, for the past 6 years he has made Charlotte, North Carolina his home. Now 16 years old, Rodrigo finds himself fighting his deportation to a country he no longer calls his home.

On January 3, 2011, Rodrigo was accused of shoplifting at his local mall. Since North Carolina is one of only two states that prosecute 16 and 17 year-olds as adults, Rodrigo, despite being 16, was processed through the 287-g program. Since that day the criminal charges have been dropped, yet Immigration and Customs Enforcement still wants to deport him to a country that is no longer his home. Rodrigo is nothing but a normal high school student with strong ties to his school and community. He fears being separated from his parents and brother. Please take immediate action to stop Rodrigo’s deportation.

Rodrigo attended Montclair Elementary, Sedgefield Middle School, and is currently a sophomore at Harding University High School in North Carolina. He was an outstanding student with grades above average, until his life took a turn for the worse the day of his arrest. In the weeks following, Rodrigo began to suffer from insomnia because he had little to no knowledge about how the judicial system worked. He didn’t know what would happen next and was terrified of being deported and separated from all he knows and loves.

Rodrigo wants to pursue the American dream. He dreams of graduating from high school in Charlotte and going to college to study International Relations and Franchise Management. He and his family attend St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Charlotte regularly. He has been a Boy Scout for the last three years where he has learned values of honor and duty. As a Boy Scout, he volunteers to help coach soccer with kids ages 6-10. Rodrigo wants to continue living his life in Charlotte and contribute to his community.

Rodrigo would qualify for the DREAM Act, a narrowly tailored bill that majorities in both the House and Senate voted to support this past December. Both President Obama and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano have stated that DREAM Act eligible youth are not a priority for deportation. In a recent announcement, Secretary Napolitano stated new guidelines for Prosecutorial Discretion. According to these guidelines, Rodrigo is not deemed a priority for removal by DHS and merits a favorable exercise of discretion.

Rodrigo exemplifies what it means to be an American and should be allowed to stay in the U.S. to live his American Dream. Education is extremely important to Rodrigo, and his deportation would mean the end of his educational goals. Rodrigo wants the opportunity to finish high school and pursue his dreams just like the rest of his classmates. Please help keep Rodrigo in the country with his family and supportive community.

We, the undersigned, urge you to take immediate action to stop Rodrigo Cruz’s deportation.

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