Families who have strong ties to America and make our country better should not be deported.
Federico Ochoa, Ana Isabel Restrepo and their three (3) children (Valeria,16, Lucas,12, and Mariantonia 12) are exemplary individuals. They fled persecution in Colombia and timely filed for asylum here in the United States. Unfortunately, their petition was denied. They have followed all appropriate immigration laws and have appealed their case to the Eleventh Circuit to no avail. Now, they have been advised by DHS/ICE that they have until mid-January to purchase plane tickets to return to Colombia.
The oldest daughter in the family, Valeria, will be graduating high school this upcoming June and it is the sole wish of her parents to grant this stay/deferred action request so that she may graduate from High School! Valeria excels in school and would be an ideal DREAM ACT candidate. Lucas and Mariantonia are also thriving in school and would be deeply affected if they would not finish the academic school year. In fact, Lucas was recently identified by Duke University’s Talent Identification Program!
This family possesses as many as eleven (11) of the positive factors on the DHS/ICE Morton Memo on prosecutorial discretion. They have NO criminal history and are clearly not a safety threat to the United States. They have deep ties to the community and contribute in meaningful ways. In fact, the Ochoa-Restrepo family are people of great moral character who benefit this country. As such, they appear to be IDEAL candidates for prosecutorial discretion.
Please, tell DHS/ICE officials to stop the deportation and GRANT the Stay of Removal request of the Ochoa-Restrepo family!
Janet Napolitano # (703-235-0854)
John Morton # (202-732-3000)
Nicole Navas, # (786-387-8230).
John Stevenson # 954-236-4907
Federico A088-159-995, Ana Isabel A088-159-996, Valeria A088-159-997, Lucas A088-159-998, Mariantonia A088-159-999.