Stop the Deportation of Young American DREAMer Alberto Yanez and His Mom
  • Petitioned Cecilia Muñoz

This petition was delivered to:

Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, White House
Cecilia Muñoz
Secretary of Homeland Security
Janet Napolitano
Director, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement
John T. Morton
United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement
ICE

Stop the Deportation of Young American DREAMer Alberto Yanez and His Mom

    1. Richard Hartwell
    2. Petition by

      Richard Hartwell

      Ellensburg, United States

UPDATE 7/11:  Success: Thanks to all of your efforts, Alberto has not been deported! He has been granted a 1-year "stay of deportation" to remain in the U.S. with his family. Still, the fight is not over. His mother is still at risk, and we must keep up the momentum to make sure that she is not deported! Please sign the petition to protect Alberto's family and spread the word.

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The latest Washington DREAMer to be caught In the ICE deportation web is Alberto Yañez of Elma, Washington. Alberto  has lived in the United States since he was 1 ½ years old. He moved from Los Angeles to Washington when he was 17 and is now 24 years old.

His student background is exemplary. His goal is to become a Pharmacy Technician.

When in 3rd grade he was placed in the gifted program. In high school he took college courses and was also award a scholarship for a summer course at UCLA after his freshman year in high school.

His family  moved to the state of Washington for his senior year where he immediately enrolled in Running Start allowing him to complete his AA degree from South Puget Sound Community College six months after graduating from high school. He enrolled in Evergreen State College, where he was able to complete 5 quarters. He was working full time at the same time.

At this point he needed to withdraw due to lack of money and the need to support his family.  He started his own business to allow the flexibility necessary for a return to college to complete his degree and to meet the requirements necessary for his chosen career, that of Pharmacy Technician. He is now studying at Clover Park Technical College to get his Pharmacy Technician credentials. In spite of all his family responsibilities and working two jobs, he got 3 A’s and one B in his first quarter in this program.

He is the father to three US citizen children, ages 4, 19 months, and 5 weeks. He also has 2 US citizen brothers.

On November 16, 2010 everything changed when he was detained by ICE at his home then spent approximately 30 days in the Tacoma Detention Center. His next scheduled hearing date with ICE is July 7th, when he could be deported.

On June 17th, John Morton released an ICE memo detailing people who should be considered low priority for ICE deportation. In this he specifically stated the following three that directly pertain to Alberto’s situation –

•                    the circumstances of the person's arrival in the United States and the manner of his or her entry, particularly if the alien came to the United States as a young child;

•                    the person's pursuit of education in the United States, with particular consideration given to those who have graduated from a U.S. high school or have successfully
                pursued or are pursuing a college or advanced degrees at a legitimate institution of higher education in the United States

•                    whether the person or the person’s spouse is pregnant or nursing

Other points in this memo are also pertinent, but these three above are the main points.

Clearly, Alberto should be given deferred action.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 4,000 signatures
    2. Great Press Conference.

      Richard Hartwell
      Petition Organizer

      The Speakers at the press conference today did a wonderful job. We hope it raises public awareness and carries over in our efforts to keep Alberto's mother here and his family intact.

    3. Amazing news! Alberto wins 1 year "stay of deportation"

      Jackie  Mahendra
      Petition Organizer

      Alberto's lawyer just announced that he has been granted what's called a 1-year "stay of deportation" to remain in the U.S. Thanks to all of you for taking action! Now, let's keep fighting for Alberto's mom by signing and sharing this petition.

    4. Reached 2,500 signatures
    5. Watch a video message from Alberto

      Jackie  Mahendra
      Petition Organizer

      As we wait for news from this afternoon's press conference, please check out the video message Alberto posted Friday, and help spread the word. The more signers this petition has, the more protected Alberto's family will be.

    6. Press Conference Scheduled for 1PM PST

      Richard Hartwell
      Petition Organizer

      There will be a Press Conference today at 1 PM PST in Seattle WA.

    7. Thank you everyone.

      Richard Hartwell
      Petition Organizer

      We hope to have a clearer picture on Monday. Please continue to spread the word. We will Keep you posted. Check out the link and video below.

    8. Reached 2,000 signatures
    9. America's Voice covers Alberto's story

      Jackie  Mahendra
      Petition Organizer

      "With no criminal background, and as such a productive member of the community, Alberto Yanez is the lowest possible priority for deportation, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s recent memo clarifying its discretion in enforcement."

    10. Reached 1,500 signatures
    11. Our thoughts are with Alberto's family today

      Jackie  Mahendra
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to everyone who helped Alberto reach 1,000 signatures so quickly last night! As we wait to hear back, our thoughts are with Alberto and his family. Let's keep standing strong and spreading the word.

    12. Reached 1,000 signatures
    13. Help us hit 1,000 tonight!

      Jackie  Mahendra
      Petition Organizer

      Alberto has to check in with ICE at 9 am tomorrow -- let's make sure there are 1,000 Change.org members backing him up before his meeting. We're so close! Please post the petition on Facebook and Twitter to make sure we get there.

    14. Reached 750 signatures
    15. We have one more day till Alberto must check in with ICE

      Richard Hartwell
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all for your support. We have been able to get over 500 signatures in less than 48 hours. We have essentially one more day to promote the petition and get signatures. Really great people have stepped up and done great work so far. Thank you

    16. Reached 500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Sasha J NEW YORK CITY, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      Find the illegal CRIMINALS & deport them, not innocent people trying to make a better life for their family!!!

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    • Diamond Moore NEWARK, DE
      • about 3 years ago

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    • Mohammed /// CASABLANCA, MOROCCO
      • about 3 years ago

      Thank you for all efforts in order not to deport families

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    • Tim Stewart MOUNT JULIET, TN
      • about 3 years ago

      Many who favor deportations are under the impression that undocumented immigrants are taking jobs. This really isn't the case. The real issue is those jobs being sent out of the country. As for paying taxes, the average "illegal" immigrant PAYS $80,000 more in taxes over a lifetime than they cost the system.

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    • Mitch Mitch MRNTOWUVEGTPIFOEZB, ME
      • about 3 years ago

      I love reading these articles because they're short but informaivte.

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