Stop Deportation of Flores Family--Bring Them Together For Holidays!
  • Petitioned Janet Napolitano

This petition was delivered to:

Department of Homeland Security
Janet Napolitano
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Florida
Sen. Marco Rubio
Florida-17
Rep. Tom Rooney
Florida
Sen. Bill Nelson

Stop Deportation of Flores Family--Bring Them Together For Holidays!

    1. Petition by

      Students Working for Equal Rights

This holiday season, the Flores family’s only wish is to stay together. After being detained by ICE last week, a current order of deportation hinders their future in the country. The father, Ruben Flores, is currently detained at Broward Transitional Center in Florida, while the mother and oldest daughter are humiliated by wearing electronic shackles.

The family moved from Argentina in 2001 on a visa waiver, looking to provide their children with a better future and an education that they could not receive during Argentina’s harsh economic situation. The three eldest children, Rocio (22), Danina (18), and Edgard (14) are DREAM Act eligible youth, who are on the pathway to pursue their dreams. The youngest son, Dilhan (9) is a U.S. born citizen whose life would be damaged if the family were deported.

In the 10 years of being in the United States, the Flores family has paid taxes, learnt perfect English, kept a clean criminal record, and started their own family business. They own a franchise of Mario the Baker, which provides countless of job opportunities to American citizens, from head of households to young college students just like their daughters. They donate food to local charities and create monthly fundraisers to help schools such as Doctors Charter School of Miami Shores and Ruth K Broad K-8 Center. They’re also active members of St. Martha’s Catholic Church.

Announcements by the Obama administration state that Secretary of DHS Janet Napolitano plans on reviewing pending immigration removal cases to focus resources on violent criminals. There is also a Prosecutorial Discretion Memorandum, by Director John Morton recommending favorable discretion to those who were brought to this country as young children, have been educated here, have close ties to the community, are no harm to society, and have immediate family that is U.S. citizen etc.

The Flores family falls under ALL of these criteria and more, yet the father is still detained and the family could be deported at any time.

With the increasing rates in Argentina of murder, rape, and kidnapping, the Flores family can only be safe by remaining in the United States, the country they love

Please take action by signing the petition and then calling these numbers to help the Floreses stay in the US.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement: 1-202-732-6161
Assistant Field Office Director David Bradley: (954) 545-6031

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson Miami office: (305) 690-5905
Congressman Bill Nelson Miami: 305-536-5999

TELL THEM: Ruben Flores (A# 096-098-260) and his family have deep ties to the community. He has a U.S. citizen child and three DREAM Act-eligible children, yet he is detained in Broward Transitional Center for immigrant detainees. We want him released this holiday season to his family and community that love him and the deportation orders of the family to be removed.

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. Time is Almost Up! One week before deportation

      Although Ruben was released, his wife (Claudia), oldest daughter (Rocio), and himself are still wearing humiliating shackles that are very heavy, peel off their skin, and beep for hours to be recharged. They are also being asked to present to ICE with their plane tickets back to Argentina on January 20th, 2012.

      Please keep spreading this petition through social media and email and keep making those phone calls.

      Immigration and Customs Enforcement: 1-202-732-6161
      Congresswoman Frederica Wilson Miami office: (305) 690-5905

      "Ruben Flores (A# 096-098-260) and his family have deep ties to the community. He has a U.S. citizen child and three DREAM Act-eligible children. We want them to stay with the community that loves them and the deportation orders of the family to be removed."

    3. Ruben was released!!

      Thank you to all the supporters and constant pressure from the community, Ruben Flores was released and will be able to spend New Year's Day with his family. Thank you to everyone that signed the petition and called the numbers! You have made a difference.

      The fight is not done, since the Flores still have an order of removal and may be deported at any time. Please keep calling:

      Immigration and Customs Enforcement: 1-202-732-6161
      Assistant Field Office Director David Bradley: (954) 545-6031

      And tell them:

      "Ruben Flores (A# 096-098-260) and his family have deep ties to the community. He has a U.S. citizen child and three DREAM Act-eligible children. We want them to stay with the community that loves thema and the deportation orders of the family to be removed."

    4. Reached 2,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Grafton Asher BANKS, AL
      • over 2 years ago

      So unjust!

      Please sign my petition under Immigrant Rights: U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services and ICE; Review case and allow Michael Arellano to return home.

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    • Michelle Suarez PUNTA GORDA, FL
      • over 2 years ago
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    • alejandra gallegos SAN DIEGO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is wrong no family should be apart. i dont think they would like to be sperated from thier families just because of a silly rule.

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    • David Roy MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • over 2 years ago

      If this deportation goes through it would show that the Obama administration is not focusing resources on violent criminals. The Flores family is not a group of violent people! Do the right thing and allow these good people to stay and continue to contribute to society.

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    • Rhyston Mays NAPERVILLE, IL
      • almost 3 years ago

      It's the right thing to do.

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