Tell ICE to release Mamadu Aliu Balde, war survivor
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Tell ICE to release Mamadu Aliu Balde, war survivor

    1. Ryan Brown
    2. Petition by

      Ryan Brown

      Pittsburgh, PA

Mamadu Aliu Balde (A# 077-563-400), needs our help right now! Ali came to the United States over a decade ago, after escaping the horrific violence of the civil war in his native country of Sierra Leone, West Africa, where he was separated from his mother, father, and youngest sister, never to see them again. Arriving to the U.S extremely traumatized and unable to speak or understand English, Ali relied heavily on other African immigrants and those in our immigration department to help him seek asylum.  He has done everything required of him to the best of his abilities, always cooperating with the Immigration courts and providing documentation regarding his asylum and marriage applications, as advised by legal counsel.  He has learned the English language, has been successfully employed over the years, and has consistently paid his taxes.  He has worked very hard to build a life here with a new family who loves and cares for him.  His deepest desire is to attain permanent residency in the United States.

Three years ago, Ali and I met and fell in love.  We were married in December 2010 and just celebrated our 1st anniversary.  Ali is such a kind and gentle man. He has truly become a part of my family, and he has been a tremendous source of support for me. This past summer, I became very ill and have since endured two surgeries, with multiple hospital stays.  As a result of taking several medical leaves and exhausting all of my FMLA, I lost my job with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, after being employed for five years.  I continue to endure serious chronic health issues that require continued medical care and further testing, without the benefit of health insurance or any government assistance.  Ali’s employment has been my main source of financial and emotional support, as all of my other family members live out of state. 

Unfortunately, after almost 13 years in the United States, countless hours appearing in Immigration courts, and thousands of dollars for legal fees, Ali’s final appeal for asylum was denied and he was detained last week to begin the deportation process, without the opportunity to continue our marriage case from home. This is absolutely heart-breaking for all of us.  He has been a productive member of society, while battling a broken system destined for failure.  I understand there is a definite need for immigration laws and I fully support them, but to penalize a man who has lived here for over a decade, who has a family here, and who has honestly tried to do the right thing is a tremendous injustice. In June 2011, the Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), John Morton, issued a memo to enforcement and removal personnel for guidance in exercising prosecutorial discretion for the apprehension, detention, and removal of aliens. Mamadu Aliu Balde deserves for ICE to favorably exercise prosecutorial discretion in his case. The immigration system is failing to protect human rights and provide a life of freedom for many deserving individuals.

Every day that Ali is held in detention, I have to manage without his strength and support. I am now facing eviction, losing my car, and bankruptcy. Furthermore, I am in danger while living alone with my current medical condition. I have thousands of dollars in college loans that I cannot even begin to repay, as I am unemployed and disabled. I can’t imagine what will happen to both of us if he is deported back to Sierra Leone. I am asking that he be permitted to remain in his current residence in the United States and continue to support his wife, until our marriage application can be processed.  Please help save our family.

If you agree that Mamadu Aliu Balde should be released from detention and stay in the U.S. with his family, please sign the petition and spread the word by sharing it on Facebook.

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    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Conditions of Confinement in Immigrant Detention Facilities

      Ryan Brown
      Petition Organizer

      This is sickening! We need to raise awareness that this is happening right here in our own country, not in a third world country that many immigrants come from! What is wrong with our society!

    3. Update 2/10/12 Cont...

      Ryan Brown
      Petition Organizer

      This is why this petition is SO important! The more signatures the better his chances are for release or any form of relief. I can't even begin to thank everyone for all the letters, cards, emails, referrals, hugs :-), thoughts and prayers. This has been extremely difficult for both of us and we wouldn't get thru it without the overwhelming support of our family and friends and other caring people! Immigration detention centers are widely known for having deplorable living conditions and inhumane treatment of immigrants that are incarcerated, but Ali finds strength every day knowing that we are all fighting for him! Much love to all of u!

    4. Update 2/10/12

      Ryan Brown
      Petition Organizer

      UPDATE: Ali is currently in York County Prison awaiting processing for deportation. However, I talked to someone at the Sierra Leone embassy in DC and also to an ICE officer and both of them said it is very difficult to get a passport and travel documents to send him back, especially since he has been here for so long. This is to his advantage because if the US is unable to produce the documents in 90 days he is eligible to be released on ordered supervision and remain here until he gets a decision on our pending marriage case, although they can try to deport him again at any time.

      I have also been in contact with Amnesty International and the Pennsylvania Immigrant Resource Center (PIRC) to work on a request to go before an immigration judge and ask for a release based on our circumstances. They are also helping us to file for cancellation of removal which is a form of relief to immigrants in this situation, but very difficult to obtain...

    5. Update 2/10/12

      Ryan Brown
      Petition Organizer

      Ali is currently in York County Prison awaiting processing for deportation. However, I talked to someone at the Sierra Leone embassy in DC and also to an ICE officer and both of them said it is very difficult to get a passport and travel documents to send him back, especially since he has been here for so long. This is to his advantage because if the US is unable to produce the documents in 90 days he is eligible to be released on ordered supervision and remain here until he gets a decision on our pending marriage case, although they can try to deport him again at any time.

      I have also been in contact with Amnesty International and the Pennsylvania Immigrant Resource Center to work on a request to go before an immigration judge and ask for a release based on our circumstances. They are also helping us to file for cancellation of removal which is a form of relief to immigrants in this situation, but very difficult to obtain.

    6. Reached 250 signatures

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    • Kharmaine Rodriguez NEWTON, KS
      • almost 2 years ago

      GRANT.....MAMADU BALDE TO STAY........

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    • Linda Pinas ALLENTOWN, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      It is important because he has a family here an should be given a change to perssuit his marriage case. I am currently going through the same situation and my heart goes out to Ali and his family.

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    • adriane bellard OKC, OK
      • almost 2 years ago

      RELEASE SURVIVOR

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    • Mark Timblin VERO BEACH, FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      I will be the first to say, that we do need immigration reform, that we need to get rid of a lot of the "undesirable" illegals that are in our country today. That said, what is happening to this man, and his family is wrong on way to many levels to even count. I myself have a chronic medical condition, and can empathize with this woman. I don't know what I would do if I were in her position. I thank god every day, for my wife and family. I too am unable..no not allowed to work due to my disability. I'm retired law enforcement myself, have seen way too much in a career that spanned over 25 years. While my dreams aren't as bad as they once were, what Ali and his wife are going through is a nightmare. How can John Morton director of ICE sleep at night? I know how..he doesn't care, he and his staff see a name, where they're from..and OH..can't have him here, he's trying to do the right thing, get him outta the country quick. Ya know..and I gate to say this, but if Ali was here illeagly, or he wasn't married, or maybe if he wasn't..you fill in the blank, then..hey no problem..you need..again fill in the blank. Arrgghhh, this makes me sick, sick that my government, that I wore the uniform of a soldier for 16+ years, would do this, it is a travesty, not only of justice, but of life itself. Hang in there Ali, I and my family will pray for you and your family.

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    • Daniel Hammar HSINCHU, TAIWAN
      • about 2 years ago

      ICE seems to be doing more damage than good. Let him stay in America and take care of his wife.

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