Help Save an Aspiring Marine from Deportation
  • Petitioned Janet Napolitano

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Head of Homeland Security
Janet Napolitano
I.C.E. Director
John Morton
Arizona
Sen. John McCain
Arizona
Sen. Jeff Flake

Help Save an Aspiring Marine from Deportation

    1. Danny Rangel
    2. Petition by

      Danny Rangel

      Sylmar, CA

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March 2011

Victory

Victory! Pedro Gutierrez has been granted a one-year stay of deportation thanks to the support of local and national activists organizations, local churches, state and national news media, and petitioners on Change.org. Pedro, an aspiring United States Marine and DREAMer, has persevered despite massive institutional obstacles and a harsh childhood, and now finds himself that much closer to realizing his dream of serving his country in the Marine Corps.

Pedro Gutierrez is a young man with dwindling options. Although recently granted a 30-day reprieve, Pedro still faces the ugly prospect of being deported from a country he loves and wishes desperately to serve as a Marine, to a country he has never known.

Pedro's story is rife with tragedy. A son of two alcohol and drug abusing parents, he was raised by a grandmother who chose to bring him to the United States as a young boy. At 16, his beloved grandmother died, leaving him orphaned. Thankfully, he found a home with friends and has since found a way to succeed where others in his situation might have given up. He finished school, earning a high school diploma. His big dream was to join the Marine Corps and serve his country honorably. He talked to a few recruiters, who made sure to tell him he is a perfect recruit. Except for the fact that Pedro is an undocumented immigrant.

The DREAM act was supposed to change all that. Had the legislation passed in Congress, Pedro would have had the opportunity to attain citizenship once he completed at least two years in the armed forces. But lawmakers in Washington have denied him that chance.

Pedro's situation is only becoming more grave. Pedro was stopped in 2009 for a traffic violation, an incident which sparked an inquiry by immigration officials and subsequent deportation proceedings. Now, all of his hard work in the face of such seemingly insurmountable odds might just go to waste. In a self-narrated video of his struggles so far, Pedro says he "wants to live the American Dream. I love this country. If I go back I can't imagine life anywhere else but here." He adds, "This is it. I have nowhere else to go."

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    1. Victory! Pedro Gutierrez Granted Stay of Deportation

      Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organizer

      Almost a month ago, we wrote about Pedro Gutierrez, a young man whose lifelong dream of serving in America's military as a Marine seemed to be in jeopardy. In the nick of time, Pedro was granted a 30-day window by the U.S. Department of Homeland...

    2. Danny Rangel
      Petition Organizer

      Pedro granted one year stay of deportation!

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. I.C.E. Ready to Deport Aspiring Marine, Orphan

      Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organizer

      Victory! Pedro Gutierrez has been granted a one-year stay of deportation thanks to the support of local and national activists organizations, local churches, state and national news media, and petitioners on Change.org. Pedro, an aspiring United...

    5. Reached 50 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Nanzie Reichel PHOENIX, AZ
      • over 3 years ago

      http://www.change.org/petitions/a_second_chance_for_our_family_help_us_reunite

      Please help us support “all” human rights, we need signatures.

      Thank you, and may GOD help our good causes.

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    • Crystal Evans MURFREESBORO, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      Let him serve. The military portion of the dream act needs to be activated. President Obama can make this dream come true for Pedro and many youth like him who want to serve. He could sign an executive order allowing them to serve.

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    • Alan Haggard SAN DIEGO, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Regards,

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