STOP the Deportation of Cindy Reyna!
  • Petitioned Tim Robbins

This petition was delivered to:

Regional Director of ICE
Tim Robbins
Director of ICE
John Morton

STOP the Deportation of Cindy Reyna!

    1. Petition by

      Janet Muniz

      Goleta, CA

March 2012


After overy ten thousand people spoke out in support of Cindy Reyna, she was released from Immigration and Customs Enforcment on March 1st. Janet, who started the petition, noted that Cindy will continue to fight her case in court, " and a judge will decide what is next for Cindy and whether or not she will be allowed to continue her hard work in school and Santa Barbara."

But thanks to over 10,000 people who quickly rallied to stand with Cindy, she has been released and will be able to fight her case from home. Victory!

How you can help:
-Sign the petition asking ICE officials to release Cindy and stop her deportation HERE
-Donate on this ChipIn to help pay for Cindy's legal fees and bail.
-Call ICE officials John Morton (202) 732-3100 and Tim Robbins (213) 830-7911 and saying "Hi my name is ______ and I am calling to urge you to release and stop the deportation of DREAM Act eligible UC Santa Barbara student Cindy Reyna, alien #205310046"

About Cindy's Case:
We write to humbly request that you take immediate action to stop the deportation of DREAM Act-Eligible student, Cindy Reyna (A#205310046). Despite both President Obama and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano’s announcement that DREAM Act eligible youth are not a priority for deportation, a UC Santa Barbara student was stopped at a police checkpoint and detained by local law enforcement in Santa Barbara County Jail on Thursday February 23rd and was picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on the morning of Wednesday February 28th and is now facing deportation. Cindy is now being forced to leave her family, life, school and dreams behind in Santa Barbara

Cindy is a young, ambitious, and hard working student who came to the U.S. at the age of 15 on a visa from Guatemala. Her father, a U.S. citizen tried to petition citizenship for Cindy, but while pursuing her college career she aged out of the broken immigration system. She is a senior at UC Santa Barbara majoring in Communications and Linguistics with a 3.8GPA; her scholastic and personal achievements include interning for Univision, the only Latino/a serving television station in the country, recognition in Santa Barbara City College’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as well as the President’s honor roll, certificates of special congressional and legislative recognition signed by Lois Capps and Pedro Nava and a Miss Santa Barbara County model.

On June 17th, 2011 ICE director John Morton issued a memorandum known as the “Morton Memo”, which aims at prioritizing deportations geared towards people who commit criminal offenses. Morton issued a statement regarding the prioritization of DREAM Act eligible students as a low-priority and that undocumented students would not be targeted for deportation under enforcement programs. Yet despite these statements made by the Obama administration and ICE, Cindy is in the process of deportation and is in a detention center in Camarillo. In a recent announcement, Secretary Napolitano stated new guidelines for Prosecutorial Discretion. According to these guidelines, Cindy Reyna is not deemed a priority for removal by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and merits a favorable exercise of discretion.

Cindy is not a criminal; she is a student, a hard-working individual, a member of the community and a potential college graduate. She is a clear depiction of a DREAM Act student, who hopes to take full advantage of the opportunities that were not just handed to her, but which she has tirelessly worked for in order to succeed. Cindy needs your support now more than ever. Her future is in your hands. We urge you to respond to this emergency by signing this petition, to Regional Director Tim Robbins; and ICE Director John Morton in order to stop any possibility of her deportation. Doing so can make the difference in whether Cindy stays in this country or not.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 10,000 signatures
    2. Cindy Released from ICE Custody!

      Janet Muniz
      Petition Organizer

      TODAY Thursday 3/1 Cindy was released on her own recognizance which is commonly granted in traffic matters, minor and technical crimes. With this release, she must sign a promise to show up in court and a judge will decide what is next for Cindy and whether or not she will be allowed to continue her hard work in school and Santa Barbara.

      This type of release is granted based on the past history of the defendant, roots in the community, the type of crime, and the overall likelihood of making all appearances in court and the improbability that the defendant will commit another crime while awaiting trial. This form of release is common for a "first-time offender".

      Thanks to everybody for your signatures. Cindy is home and grateful for your support.

    3. Reached 9,000 signatures
    4. New target of 15,000 signatures!

      Janet Muniz
      Petition Organizer

      Because of the overwhelming support for Cindy we have increased the goal to 15,000 signatures! Continue to forward this petition to your contacts! There's no "magic number" of signatures that will get Cindy released, we need as many as possible to pressure ICE because every time anyone signs, an email is directly sent to the targets of our petition!

    5. Reached 8,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Alexis Criollo CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      I don't know why Cindy Reyna is being held in ICE custody because she eligible for the Dream Act and I ask everyone to share this website so everyone can help her as well.

    • Rev. Alice Ann Glenn MONTEREY, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      We put all this money into education and then sending that educated person away makes no sense!

    • Lillian Rose NEW ALBANY, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      I am an Accredited Representative and have seen many abuses of those who are supposed to respect the law. I feel that the Presient's orders do not go all the way down the line where they should. This is an ourage!

    • Shafaq Shahdad OGDENSBURG, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      It is inhuman to separate a family. These kids should not be punished because of a broken immigration system. Aging out is an inhuman law. Kids are family whether they are more or less than 21 yrs. old. They should not be punished because they turned 21 while waiting for a visa number.

    • Rachel Brockett GOLETA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Cindy Reyna is a young ambitious girl who is a contribution to both her school (UCSB) and her city. She hasn't been taking advantage of California or federal financial aid, she's paid for school, pouring thousands of dollars into our UC system, and is now being "punished" for not having correct documentation. She is not a number: alien # 205310046, she has a name, dreams, ambition, intelligence, and should be allowed to stay and finish her education and apply for citizenship. Cindy is not a criminal; she is the type of person who inspires others and goes after her dreams. She's the type of person I want in this country.

      Thank you for your time.


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