DREAMer Fights to Stay in the US - Ricardo Needs Your Help!
  • Petitioned Cecilia Muñoz

This petition was delivered to:

Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, White House
Cecilia Muñoz
Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
Janet Napolitano
Assistant Secretary for ICE
John Morton
U.S. House of Representatives
California-034
State Sen. Lou Correa
California
Sen. Barbara Boxer
California
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
California-069
State Rep. Tom Daly
California-47
Rep. Alan Lowenthal

DREAMer Fights to Stay in the US - Ricardo Needs Your Help!

    1. Petition by

      California Dream Network

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October 2011

Victory

Ricardo Muniz, a 22-year-old student who was brought to the country when he was 7 years old, faced deportation and risked separation from everyone he loves and his dreams of someday building environmentally friendly structures. But thanks to more than 14,600 supporters who signed a petition started by students who are a part of California Dream Network, Ricardo’s deportation has been cancelled.

“When I learned about Ricardo's situation I was outraged because no family or student pursuing his/her dreams should go through such an awful, stressful, and emotionally deteriorating experience,” says student Justino Mora, who is a leader in the network and started the petition. “Few people believed that we could stop his deportation but what mattered most was our love for one another, determination, and belief that we could achieve justice for people in situations like his.”

He continues: “The evening Attorney [Jessica] Dominguez showed us ICE's original letter granting Ricardo a stay, I noticed an immediate sense of relief and overwhelming joy among our friends, Ricardo's mom and sister, but most importantly in Ricardo. It was a surreal moment that we had dreamed of 3 months ago, but as real as Ricardo’s tears of joy when he learned that the days of sleepless nights and overwhelming stress had come to an end. This experience and victory made us stronger and proved that when we fight together for social and economic justice we are a force not to be reckoned with.”

 

Ricardo Muniz is a 22-year old student, environmentalist, community activist, teen mentor, DREAM promoter, son, and brother.  He is originally from Michoacan, Mexico, and was brought over by his parents to the United States when he was seven years old.

Ricardo is a student at Fullerton Jr. College and wants to go on to pursue a double major in international business and environmental economy.  His dream is to create environmentally friendly homes and structures and to financially care for his mother who has worked so hard for him.  Ricardo owns up to his challenges as a growing youth in a tough neighborhood in Anaheim.  Today, he's an inspirational speaker at men's and women's conferences and focuses on keeping youth in school.

“I feel like an American.  I want to stay here in America. I want a future here in America.  I want to be the future for America,” says Ricardo about his dreams and his future.

On May 19, 2011, Ricardo received notice that he is to be deported by June 9, 2011.  “I felt like someone had taken my heart out and smashed it against the floor,” he said.  “I felt like my hopes were dashed.” Ricardo is determined not to be deported without a fight.  "It's an injustice that I am not given a chance to prove that I am good for this nation," he says.

[UPDATE: Ricardo remains in the US but the most critical days for him are ahead. A legal effort, however, is underway and his attorney is convinced continued public support (signatures, letters, etc.) is important, now more than ever. Ricardo is anxious but marches on with hope; he’s studying, helping out in this campaign, attending volunteer activities, and helping out his family. Please keep those signatures coming because very soon we will need them to support Ricardo’s case. We will be posting updates about his struggle periodically. THANK YOU for your support.]

Ricardo is an active member in his community and a strong advocate for equal access to higher education. Just recently Ricardo performed in a play to commemorate the federal court case Mendez vs. Westminster and to ensure that the importance of Mendez vs. Westminster in American history will not be forgotten. Ricardo would qualify for the DREAM Act, a bill that enjoys broad support among Democrat and Republican voters. President Obama and Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano have both stated that deporting DREAM-eligible youth is not a priority.

Attorneys and community advocates are pursuing every possible avenue to assist Ricardo. Ricardo is not ready to let go of his dreams and he is fighting his deportation order but he needs your help. CHIRLA, the California DREAM Network (CDN), and United We Dream joins Ricardo in requesting you to take action to stop Ricardo’s deportation so he can continue to contribute to his community, help his family, and  pursue his higher educational goals. 

Would you like to help Ricardo stay in "his America"?

Please sign this petition urging DHS Janet Napolitano and ICE Director Morton not to deport Ricardo. Ricardo is an asset to our state and to our country and we should be fighting to keep immigrants like him here, not deporting them to countries they know little about.

Make sure you let Napolitano and Morton know you want Ricardo to remain in the country as they are the only ones who can step in and prevent his deportation.  Call the DHS message line at 1.202.282.8495 and ICE message line at 202-732-3000 (call-in script below). 

Call in Script:

“I am calling on behalf of Ricardo Munoz (A#96-139-441), an undocumented student who is facing deportation back to Mexico. Ricardo has lived in Orange County since he was 7.   Ricardo has been an active community member helping young people in his community stay away from gangs and drugs, takes three to four classes a quarter seeking to get a double major in international business administration and ecological business.  Ricardo participates in state-wide educational campaigns with the California DREAM Network and works every night at a Laundromat to help his mother with bills and rent. The reason I am calling is to ask that you do something to stop Ricardo from being deported.”

PLEASE FORWARD THIS PETITION AND ACTION ALERT TO AT LEAST 5 FRIENDS AND TELL THEM TO:

1.       Contact the DHS Message line at (202) 282-8495

2.       Sign THIS petition which will be hand-delivered to Napolitano and Morton.

3.       Join the California DREAM Network Facebook page for immediate updates: http://www.facebook.com/cadreamnetwork?sk=wall and action alerts at www.cadreamnetwork.org

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Supporter of the day: Rev. Deanna Stickley-Miner

      Rev. Stickley-Miner writes, "Our country needs motivated, passionate and civic minded young people. Ricardo is a leader now and can provide incredible leadership as he lives into his own dreams for the future." Over 13,500 people believe in Ricardo!

    2. MTV covers Ricardo's story

      MTV covers Ricardo's story & what we can do about it!

    3. Supporter of the day: Dorothy Quate

      Dorothy writes, "We need these motivated people in our nation!" -- Thanks for speaking up for Ricardo, Dorothy. Please keep sharing his story and spreading the word.

    4. Support the CA DREAM Act for youth like Ricardo!

      As Ricardo continues his fight, tens of thousands of youth like him would have the chance to attend college and give back to their communities under the California DREAM Act. It's already crossed a major hurdle-- support it today!

    5. Reached 12,500 signatures
    6. Over 12,000 signers! Great work, and let's keep it up -- please share on twitter, Facebook, friend's walls, etc :)

    7. More on Ricardo's dreams in the OC Register: "Ricardo began speaking at local schools and community centers, sharing his upbringing and urging students to take their studies seriously. He explains how Fullerton College has given him a new life with new goals: of creating a business that promotes renewable energy and eco-friendly homes in his community." --

    8. Over 11,000 people want Ricardo to stay: "Will Dream Actor get deported?" The Orange County Register

    9. Ricardo Muñiz Lights a Torch for the California Dream Act

      Since March, immigrant youth in California have been staging events all over the state to raise awareness of AB130 and AB131, the California Dream Act. The measure would provide access to in-state tuition for undocumented youth who have grown up in...

    10. Ricardo remains in the US but the most critical days for him are ahead. A legal effort, however, is underway and his attorney is convinced continued public support (signatures, letters, etc.) is important, now more than ever. Ricardo is anxious but marches on with hope; he’s studying, helping out in this campaign, attending volunteer activities, and helping out his family. Please keep those signatures coming because very soon we will need them to support Ricardo’s case. We will be posting updates about his struggle periodically. THANK YOU for your support - Dream Strong

    11. Ricardo "lit the torch" at yesterday's L.A. DREAM Act rally. Pictures coming soon!

    12. Wow -- 10,000 people want Ricardo to stay in the US! Please tweet/share: [ Wow! 10,000 people have signed the petition to keep #DREAMAct youth Ricardo Muniz home -- have you? @BarackObama]

    13. Reached 10 signatures
    14. Watch & share: Ricardo's mother, friends, and community members fight to stop Ricardo's deportation:

    15. Please help CA Dream Network spread the word and keep Ricardo with his community -- post/share the link on Facebook.

    16. Crooks and Liars: "DHS still targeting DREAMers like Ricardo Muñiz" --

    17. Reached 8 signatures
    18. We have surpassed our initial goal of 5,000 signatures thanks to your dedication, efforts, and support! Our next goal is to reach 25,000 by June 9th, but we only have 5 more days to do so. Join our efforts as we continue to fight for Ricardo to stay in the U.S.! Please spread the word and ask people to sign the petition at: and follow Ricardo's battle to stay in the U.S. at our official YouTube channel:

    19. Reached 6 signatures
    20. Watch: Ricardo tells his story --

    21. Reached 2 signatures
    22. From the CA Dream Network: "We have officially reached 2,000 signatures! That is still not enough, our goal is 5,000 by June 9th. Let's keep up the good work -- help us spread the word, and ask your family, friends, and teachers to sign the petition today!"

    23. Reached 2 signatures
    24. Join Ricardo's Facebook supporters and help spread the word:

    25. Reached 1 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Alfonso Macias EUGENE, OR
      • over 3 years ago

      Hello my name is Alfonso from Lane Community College. I am posting this because i see passion and hard working student like my friend Ricardo. I was moved what he had to say on youtube and i hope other could understand and see how people like him depend on the Dream Act because they want to show their families and to themselves that they have a future in our country. I know tons of students that go to middle and high schools but are denied college. What happen to equality? isn't American know for equal rights and freedom? All i can say is that Ricardo is human just like any other person and if we decide to deport him what does that make of us. I support my friend Ricardo because i'm happy to hear his moving story.

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    • Lucero Castaneda CENTRAL POINT, OR
      • over 3 years ago

      Education is everyones right. Individuals such as Ricardo is what this couontry is lacking and needs more of, hard working dedicated members of society.

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    • LIA VALERIO PITTSBURGH, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      GOOD LUCK RICARDO SOME OF MY DEAREST CLOSES FRIENDS COME TO THE US FOR WORK AND THEY HAVE BECOME PART OF MY FAMILY I WISH THERE WAS MORE I CAN DO

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    • johnny smith MOUSIE, KY
      • over 3 years ago

      leave him alone.he has been here since the age of 7.he's an asset to this country.some ppl in this country is just plain bullies.they get a little power and it goes to their head

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    • Jazmin Vaughn CANTON, MI
      • over 3 years ago

      they say every1 is equal n will b accepted..

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