Tell ICE: Stop the deportation of Atanas Entchev and family
  • Petitioned Director US Immigration and Customs Inforcement (John Morton)

This petition was delivered to:

ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Director US Immigration and Customs Inforcement (John Morton)
Secretary of Homeland Security
Janet Napolitano
New Jersey-12
Rep. Rush Holt
New Jersey
Sen. Cory Booker
New Jersey
Sen. Robert Menendez

Tell ICE: Stop the deportation of Atanas Entchev and family

    1. Petition by

      MBE .

      New Brunswick, NJ

 **MAJOR PROGRESS: Thanks to your overwhelming support, Atanas and Enislav have been released. We will continue to gather signatures to make sure that the family's legal situation is resolved**



Entered US legally
Remained legally in-status for 20 years

Atanas Entchev came legally to U.S. 20 years ago as a recipient of the Humphrey Fellowship for Urban Planning at Rutgers University. His wife, Mayia Entcheva, and his son, Enislav Entchev, came legally to the U.S. in 1992 and 1993 All remained legally in-status for 20 years. Today, both Atanas and Enislav Entchev are detained in a for-profit immigration facility, and all three are facing deportation.

Atanas Entchev is well known expert in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) community. He is entrepreneur; presenter and professor at major unversities.  Mayia Entcheva is an architect with internationally awarded projects. Both are active in their local sailing and tennis clubs.

Enislav Entchev is eligible for the DREAM Act, has legally lived in the U.S. since he was 2 years old, attended college, and does not speak the native language of Bulgaria.

Entchev family has been living, working and contributing to the American society for 20 years and has made every effort to follow the Law in obtaining permanent residence status. U.S. is their home. Help them to remain in U.S. and succeed in becoming American citizen.

Recent signatures


    1. North Brunswick Family Reunited After Husband and Son Detained by Homeland

      Gabriela Garcia
      Petition Organizer

      A North Brunswick family is celebrating being reunited following detainment stemming from an almost 20-year struggle with immigration laws.

      Earlier this year, Atanas Entchev and son Enislav were detained for 65 days at the Essex County Correctional Facility with other immigrants due to ongoing issues stemming from Entchev's visa.

      They were released on Dec. 8, following a large online and letter writing campaign asking for their freedom...

    2. Clock ticking for North Brunswick family facing deportation

      Gabriela Garcia
      Petition Organizer

      NORTH BRUNSWICK — It was a little past 9 on the morning on Oct. 5, when Homeland Security officials knocked on Atanas Entchev’s front door.

      His wife, Mayia, had just left for work, but their 21-year-old son, Enislav (Eni), was still at home.

      Atanas said officers from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told them they had about 10 minutes to get ready to stay somewhere “for a couple hours or maybe a couple of days.”

      “They came to my door, introduced themselves and said, ‘We have a warrant for you and we have to satisfy that warrant,’ ” said Atanas, who knew what the visit was about...

    3. Success! Expert Scholar Atanas Entchev and Family Out of Detention

      Gabriela Garcia
      Petition Organizer

      In 1991, the U.S. issued a visa to a well-known scholar in geographic information systems, Atanas Entchev. The brilliant specialist was courted by Rutgers University as the recipient of a prestigious fellowship to study urban planning issues in the United States and obtain a second masters degree. Entchev accepted the invitation, and did everything right: He obtained visas for his wife Mayia, then 2-year-old son Enislav, and daughter Christina....

    4. Atanas and Enislav have been released and granted a one-year stay

      Gabriela Garcia
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to your overwhelming support, Atanas and Enislav have been released.

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Don Fallon EDISON, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      I knew Atanas (and Maya) when he was in Urban Planning at Rutgers. Hello & nice to hear you'll be able to stay.---Don & Heather

    • Rosalie Carven WEST BABYLON, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      For the individuals' sake but also to continue to impact the abuse of human rights in our current immigration policy.

    • Donna Pryga PERTH AMBOY, NJ
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is a working, very talented family who aren't here just to freeload on USA like so many others, yet we let those freeloaders in with no second thought. These are the kind we NEED to let stay.

    • maricell hernandez GREEN BAY, WI
      • almost 3 years ago

      because I wouldn't want my family seperated due to deportation or anything else

    • Kathleen Magnuson MILLTOWN, NJ
      • almost 3 years ago

      I have known this family since Eni was 6 years old. They have all been respectful, hardworking, productive members of our community They have made America their home for 20 years and should be allowed to remain here.


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