Deferred Action of Legal Immigrant children  who turn 21 years old
  • Petitioned Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano

This petition was delivered to:

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano

Deferred Action of Legal Immigrant children who turn 21 years old

    1. Petition by

      John Carroll

      Chandler, AZ

For many years now it's been a constant threat for law abiding and legal immigrant families that once a child, who is under 21 years old and currently supported as a dependent during visa processing that in the event they are not be processed for a permanent residency card before they turn 21, they are considered "aged out" and as a direct consequence, put under removal deportation proceedings, usually on their own.

This means they are legally required to return to their birth country, where they have no life, having lived in America legally for many years. In the case of our son Michael, this is now a reality, as he turns 20 this September, and we are still awaiting formal residency status approval, through sponsorship..

Michael came to the USA as a dependent of his father, who was invited to work in America and legally sponsored by an employer. He was 8 years old at the time, and has since graduated high school with honors, and is currently applying for a college course to become an EMT Paramedic.

What kind of country is it when the very legal immigrant citizens who follow all the requirements and rules, wait patiently in line and whose families pay many thousands of dollars in fees, be abandoned becuase they have a birthday and reach 21 years old.

Join us in our fight to right this wrong, and allow legal immigrants work permits and a temporary visa to extend their stay while under USCIS processing beyond their 21st birthday

Thank You for supporting our petition

John H Carroll

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. We're at 235 now and rising. Thank You all for your support

      John Carroll
      Petition Organizer

      Please keep the petition going as much as you can by sharing. We have set a new goal of 500 and at that point I believe we have enough supports to make a strong case for Secretary Napolitano and our appeal. Please help us reach that goal.

      Our sincere and heartfelt thanks to you all

      The Carroll Family

    3. Reached 200 signatures
    4. Our Sincere Thanks to Everyone who Signed Our Petition

      John Carroll
      Petition Organizer

      Once again we can't express how much we appreciate the kind words and comments from everyone who has signed our petition. As of just 24 hours since we issued it, we have 157 signers and not just from America, but from the World. It's truly gratifying to know people really care about justice. Please keep the signatures coming in and continue to spread the word. I have drafted out a formal letter to Janet Napolitano and if we could add that 500 people feel this is worth changing, we have every chance of getting her attention. It's the first step and thank you all for joining us.

      Kind Regards and Keep Fighting

      The Carroll Family

    5. We reached 100 already!Thank You all and keep sharing

      John Carroll
      Petition Organizer

      On behalf of The Carroll Family we want to personally thank you so much for your kind support and messages. This only confirms my faith in human kind and moral, upstanding American citizens. Many of whom have become close personal friends, during our 12 years in this great country. We never could have dreamed after all this time, we would be fighting to save our youngest son from the lunacy of a broken Immigration Policy that abandons the future of America.

      Our sincere and grateful thanks to you all. We will be contacting Janet Napolitano with this growing petition and we will post updates on what progress we make. Wish us luck, we are going to need it

      Warm Regards and thanks to you all

      The Carroll Family

    6. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Luis Ramos GALVESTON, TX, TX
      • almost 2 years ago

      My family, like the Carrols, came to the United States with an invitation and sponsor to work. Our daughter became 21 just weeks before our permanent residency was granted. Therefore, she was unable to reach the permanent residency. Waiting time for her permanent residency visa is about 18 years which is a very long time period for a person that is getting prepared and is not allowed to perform at her highest level of preparation. In order for her to continue with a lawful status she have to continue in school, full time, paying international student fees. At this time she is graduating from a Master's Degree in Literature and cannot put the knowledge into action for the benefit of this country. Her family is here. Our country is not the safe place for her.

      I really support the Deferred Action approved by President Obama, but I feel the same that the Carrols feel, we have work all the road following the rules and being involved in our community, supporting and making the positive difference for many in our community.

      Our own children deserve their own opportunity. They are valuable for this country. They can continue the positive teachings from their families and help to build this country, looking for the best and nothing less that the best.

    • Cherie Cookorinis SANDY SPRINGS, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      This deserving young man not only saved his mother's life when she recently suffered from a stroke, but also is a child of immigrants who always tried at great cost to do everything legally and maintain status and one of the thousands of deserving youth who should be allowed the benefit of a work permit despite being legally in the USA. He should not be treated worse for actually having followed the rules.

    • Paul Olguin CHANDLER, AZ
      • about 2 years ago

      Why We need to find a better way for people who are hardworking, honest, genuinely good people but their only crime is that they were brought into the US as children by their parents illegally. We are a nation of hard working immigrants and we need to continue to provide a safe harbor for those who are seeking a slice of the American Dream! This will only help to grow our nation stronger and show the world that Americans are good. On the other hand we need to make it clear that coming to the US in an illegal manor has no hope and is not a free pass but that there is a legal way, a honest way, a simple way to come to the USA and make a difference. this important to you?

    • jane lillie LIVERMORE, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Mike was my student at Granada High School and was an outstanding student.

    • Brie-Anne Paterson TRACY, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      i went to school with michael and hes a great kid who deserves to stay here. why kick out the ones who are trying to do things right and look over the ones who don't care about actually being ANERICAN, they just care about utilizing our resourses.


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