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Support SB 285 - Private Immigration Bill for Sopuruchi Victor Chukwueke
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Support SB 285 - Private Immigration Bill for Sopuruchi Victor Chukwueke

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December 2012


DreamActivist.org: Yesterday, on the two-year anniversary of the Senate failure to pass the DREAM Act, the House passed Victor Chukwueke's private immigration bill. This is the only private immigration bill to pass the 112th Congress, and one of two that should be enacted into law since 2007. Victor would like to thank everyone who called or emailed on his behalf, and says it is the best Christmas gift ever. For more information, see my blogpost at http://liftedlamp.wordpress.com/2012/12/18/one-man-dream-act-passes-congress/

Victor Chukwueke was born in Nigeria on February 10, 1986. During his early childhood, he developed a benign tumor caused by Neurofibromatosis, which grew on his frontal and right facial area, subsequently resulting in a very significant facial deformity. Growing up in Nigeria where he could not get medical treatment for his condition, Victor was the subject of much ridicule from his peers and faced a life-time of hardship as a result of his medical condition.

When he was merely 15, Victor was brought to the United States for medical treatment. Since then, he has had seven major surgeries. Unfortunately, Victor fell out of immigration status while he was 16 and undergoing a painful surgery. He did not have the help he needed at the time to navigate the complexity of the immigration system.

Despite huge obstacles and a life-threatening medical condition which rendered him blind in one eye, Victor Chukwueke graduated from Wayne State University and received admission into medical school, only to be told that he could not attend because he did not have a green card. Refusing to give up, Victor sought the help of Senator Carl Levin's office, which introduced a private immigration relief bill for him.

His private immigration bill got through the Judiciary Committee, sailed through the Senate with bipartisan support and now needs your help in passing through the House.

Recent signatures


    1. One-Man DREAM Act Passes Congress

      Congrats everyone! Victor's bill passed the House yesterday!

      One-Man DREAM Act Passes Congress

      A person is probably less likely to win private immigration relief than she is to win a lottery. But for Benach Ragland client, Sopuruchi Victor Chukwueke, the dream of permanent residency through a private immigration relief is just days away from becoming a reality. Victor Chukwueke is used to battling against odds.

    2. Good news, Victor's bill cleared House Judiciary Committee!

      Next it will be put on the House calendar for private orders but Congress is in recess for August. We hope to give everyone good news next month. Thank you for supporting Victor's dreams!

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • john liddle COMMERCE, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      he's a wonderful person.

    • Paul Johnson ELIZABETH, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      As a doctor, I admire your courage and know the difficulty and competitiveness of acquring medical education in this country. I applaud you and your journey. I look forward to calling you my colleague in 4 short years. Blessings,

    • Tracy Tenzer EVERETT, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      As a naturalized citizen, I am aware of the difficulties and hardships one can experience navigating through the immigration process. The dream of this young man needs to be realized or we all lose something - the very idea of the American Dream.

    • Lynnette Morrison RANSON, WV
      • about 2 years ago

      As a physician, I strongly believe that Victor Chukwueke will be an excellent physician, given the chance. Please give him this opportunity.

    • Archana Naik BIRMINGHAM, AL
      • about 2 years ago



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