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Hold ICE accountable to the Morton Memo & issue Executive Order
  • Petitioned President Barack Obama

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President Barack Obama

Hold ICE accountable to the Morton Memo & issue Executive Order

    1. Lorena Colin
    2. Petition by

      Lorena Colin

      West Palm Beach, FL

Dear Mr. President,

We the undersigned are writing to express our profound disappointment for the lack of concern and action in addressing the growing crisis being caused by the aggressive deportations of parents of US citizen children enforced by this administration who has deported in only one year, the equivalent of what previous administrations have done in ten years.  (Click here for report)

On June 17, 2011, the director of US ICE, John Morton, issued a memorandum directing officials to use discretion in deportation and removal cases. The memo, entitled “Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion Consistent with the Civil Immigration Enforcement Priorities of the Agency for the Apprehension, Detention, and Removal of Aliens,” lists several mitigating factors to be considered when deciding who to deport including length of presence in the US, ties to the community, and whether the person has a US citizen spouse child or parent.

The memo further states that “deportation decisions must conform to the goal of ICE’s enforcement priorities.” Those priorities are listed as individuals who pose a threat to national security, serious felons, gang members, or persons with multiple immigration violations. The memo was followed up with an announcement by the White House on August 18, 2011, stating that “low priority cases will be kept from resulting in removal.” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano detailed the changes on behalf of President Obama.

Yet, ICE and the U.S. Border Patrol continue to deport with impunity and in defiance of the Morton memo.

We call upon the administration to hold ICE accountable to the stated policy and make this issue an urgent priority. Furthermore, we would ask that an executive order be issued immediately to protect families and children from these aggressive enforcement tactics. Mr. President, if you want to move FORWARD, you need to stop the family separation NOW. 


The Mexican-American Coalition



Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Read the full Petition in English and Spanish Here

      Lorena Colin
      Petition Organizer

      Lea esta peticion en Espaniol en nuestro website

    3. Reached 25 signatures
    4. Please help us spread this report

      Lorena Colin
      Petition Organizer

      Number of deportations


    Reasons for signing

    • Eulex Sampson BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      ICE, needs to review each case instead of being so ready andwilling to deport detainees and separate families.

    • Francisco "Pancho" Vega GRAND RAPIDS, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a businessman, a volunteer, decorated, veteran of WW II and Korea... from "Omaha Beach" to "Battle of the Bulge". . .your election was a long-awaited symbol of freedom; however, constitutional abuses are rampant among our Latino population. Stop the family separation NOW. . .TODAY...AHORA!

    • D B BEND, OR
      • over 2 years ago


      Please help in granting us Prosecutorial Discretion as per Memo issued by ICE Director John Morton

    • dulce berbarie DALLAS, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      Separation of families is horrible. No child should ever be subject to this cruel treatment.

    • Michael Chavez HOUSTON, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      Justice is a cornerstone of the foundation of our great country. Many have shed blood because of their belief in those American Values. We must live up to our word and true American values.


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