Don't Deport Future Engineer - Keep Mariano Cardoso At Home
  • Petitioned John Morton

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John Morton
Janet Napolitano
Sen. Chris Murphy
Sen. Richard Blumenthal

Don't Deport Future Engineer - Keep Mariano Cardoso At Home

    1. Prerna Lal
    2. Petition by

      Prerna Lal

      San Francisco, United States

April 2011


Some great news for DREAMers across the country this week: advocates and CT elected officials have successfully stopped the deportation of aspiring civil engineer Mariano Cardoso.

Nearly 1,000 people signed a petition at calling for Mariano to not be deported. Students at Connecticut's Trinity College organized protests on Mariano's behalf. Bloggers pushed Mariano's story forward. Powerful Connecticut leaders like Senator Richard Blumenthal, Senator Joe Lieberman, and Governor Daniel P. Malloy all urged the Department of Homeland Security to defer Mariano's deportation.

Governor Malloy pressed immigration officials to recognize Mariano as the American he has been raised to be. In a statement, Malloy argued that sending Mariano away was a move that "made no sense."


Brought to the United States when he was in diapers, 22-Year Old Mariano Cardoso faces deportation after living in Connecticut for more than two decades.

Mariano gets good grades, and works to fund his college education without the benefit of government-sponsored loans. He intended to continue his education in the U.S., with an eye on a career in civil engineering. His life changed when ICE burst into his home in August of 2008, handcuffed him and took him to a detention facility.

Now Mariano is in removal proceedings and his attorney has advised him that any more legal actions are likely “a waste of time and money.” His only hope to remain in the United States is either a private bill by his Senators or deferred action from DHS.  

Time is running out -- please sign and spread this petition to ask Senators Lieberman and Blumenthal to introduce a private bill for Mariano and request DHS to grant deferred action.


Recent signatures


    1. Victory! Future Engineer, Mariano Cardoso, Granted Stay of Deportation

      Jackie  Mahendra
      Petition Organizer

      Some good news for DREAMers across the country this week. Immigration officials have granted a deportation reprieve to Mariano Cardoso, a student at Capitol Community College in Connecticut!
      The news of the government's decision lands at a pivotal...

    2. Reached 750 signatures
    3. U.S. Plans to Deport Civil Engineering Student

      Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organizer

      Brought to the United States when he was only two years, Mariano Cardoso faces deportation after living in Connecticut for over twenty years. He aspires to be a civil engineer, but those dreams were put on hold when ICE burst into his home without a...

    4. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Terri Stralow WAXHAW, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      This is exactly why we need immigration reform. I wish a brave politician would step up to the plate and make it happen

    • Katarzyna Rauza HARTFORD, CT
      • over 3 years ago

      "This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." ~Elmer Davis

    • Antonia Loconte HARTFORD, CT
      • over 3 years ago

      When someone has lived most of their life in one place, considers it home, and has all of their connections there, it seems to me that uprooting that person and deporting them to a strange country where they happened to be born does an unconscionable disservice to them and their future prospects (which I'm sure you've heard) - and it also shortchanges everyone who has spent time getting to know them. The overall loss of social capital is significant, and the deportation is harmful to just about everyone in the equation. Imagine if the people in whom you invested time building relationships got deported. You'd lose out too. My point is, at the end of the day, this deportation helps no one. I say, stop this injustice and allow this human being to continue on his life path.

    • Andrew Thorpe 1891544, CT
      • over 3 years ago

      The American Idea is just that, an idea and their for free to all of those who wish to think it.

    • Benjamin Suazo HEMPSTEAD, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      My dear Senators,

      I've heard too many stories of youths looking to authorities for help to go to college, only to discover that their trust is betrayed and they are sent away from the very nation they solely know as "home."

      Although I am currently studying in New York, I grew up in New Britain, Connecticut, and in consideration of all the American immigrants I have grown up knowing, I strongly encourage Connecticut's government to make a close, publicized inspection of the fear that these children of immigrants are pursuing; I take no stance today on the matter of how to deal with their parents, but I urge you to consider better protection for children who are AS GOOD AS BORN in the United STATES.


      Benjamin Suazo


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