Give Olga Zanella a Chance to Become a Dentist
  • Petitioned Janet Napolitano

This petition was delivered to:

Secretary of Homeland Security
Janet Napolitano
Director of ICE
John T. Morton
Field Office Director
Nuria Prendes

Give Olga Zanella a Chance to Become a Dentist

    1. Alonso Chehade
    2. Petition by

      Alonso Chehade

      Seattle, WA

April 2011


Finally, after a four-month battle, and thanks in part to over 2,000 members who signed Olga's petition asking DHS to halt her deportation, ICE will allow DREAMer Olga Zanella to stay in the country to continue her education. Zanella is now attending North Lake College to continue her dream of becoming a dentist.

Olga Zanella is an undocumented student from Irving, Texas, who is facing deportation on January 31st. 

Brought to the United States by her parents when she was only 5, Olga is now is afraid of being send back to Mexico, a country she doesn't remember Mexico and where her life could be put at risk because of the dangerous drug cartels. Olga's home is in the United States, where she wants to go to college and become a dentist.  

Whether she stays to continue her education and become a dentist, or gets sent back to a country unknown and dangerous to her, is up to you.

What You Can Do

1. Sign this petition directed to DHS.

2. 202-282-8495 - Call Janet Napolitano, Director of DHS, and ask that Olga Zanella's (A# 097-681-189) deportation be deferred. NOTE: This is an answering machine, once it is full it is out of commission for day. Fill it up now with support for Olga.

3. 202-732-3000 - Call Assistant Secretary to ICE, John Morton and leave a message urging him to take action to defer Olga Zanella's deportation (A# 097-681-189). NOTE: this is a live comment line. A human being will pick up and take your message. Be very polite and say “I am calling to leave a message of support for Olga Zanella who currently has a deportation date of Jan. 31st. I would like to ask that director John Morton defer Olga Zanella's deportation (A# 097-681-189)."

Photo Credit: Olga Zanella

Recent signatures


    1. Dreamer Olga Zanella Wins Stay of Deportation

      Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organizer

      In January, 20-year-old Olga Zanella, a high school graduate from Irving, Texas, facing deportation, decided to fight for her dream of becoming a dentist by sharing her story with
      Finally, after a four-month battle, and thanks to over...

    2. Alonso Chehade
      Petition Organizer

      Dreamer Olga Zanella WINS stay of Deportation as of April 21, 2001.

    3. Reached 2 signatures
    4. Alonso Chehade
      Petition Organizer

      For last minute updates follow Olga Zanella on Twitter @dreamer_zanella

    5. Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organizer

      Olga has not yet been deported, and is currently awaiting the decision on a last minute legal filing. She still needs your help!

    6. Last Chance to Stop the Deportation of Dreamer Olga Zanella

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      In January of this year, a shy young Olga Zanella was put into deportation proceedings.  Not knowing what to do, she reached out for help in fighting to remain in a country that has become her home and to accomplish her dream of becoming a...

    7. Alonso Chehade
      Petition Organizer

      From Olga Zanella: "I reported on Friday to ICE and I will have to report on February 18 to wait for an aswer from the Office Director. They set up the deportation date for the 28 of February but we are going to fight it all the way! Thank you guys for your support!

    8. Reached 1 signatures
    9. Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organizer

      Olga's January 31st deportation date has been extended to Feb. 4th to give her extra time to appeal her removal. Please sign the petition before it's too late!

    10. Will Olga Zanella Repeat Hector Lopez' Story?

      Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organizer

      Olga Zanella, a high school graduate from Irving, Texas, was brought from Mexico to the United States by her parents 15 years ago, when she was only 5 years old. Unfortunately, Olga has been in deportation proceedings since she was 17, and after 3...


    Reasons for signing

    • Konrad Aderer BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      I urge Janet Napolitano and ICE to halt Olga's deportation and give her a path to status in the United States, where she has lived since being brought here as a small child. Please reconsider the reflexive enforcement of laws that leads to the senseless destruction of life potential, and consider how history will view cases like this.

    • Juan Briones OCOEE, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      *hugs* u got prayer!;)

    • kairy walker MIAMI GARDENS, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      Sure, you have the Power to send Olga, away. Wouldn't it be a more effective, intelligent, use of Power to say, here is a chance at a better Life? We both know helping Olga will not multiply any ill efffects. In a terrible world, you can do a Life changing thing. Many of us have died so you can, will you do that? Or will you do what is easy, unfair, and unjust?

    • Ariana Vallejo CHICO, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      A chance of life is a gift, a gift that everyone shall receive through hard work. Olga and many DREAMers have shown that dedication and hard work to become someone in life and give back to the only country they know, the US of A.

    • Catherine Gutierrez OAKLAND, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Sometimes things can't be proven but we have evidence to show that Olga will be in danger. She is a working member of society and can add to our country with an education. Give her a chance!


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