IMMEDIATELY release every DREAMer in detention centers
  • Petitioned President Barack Obama

This petition was delivered to:

President Barack Obama
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano
President of the United States

IMMEDIATELY release every DREAMer in detention centers

    1. Jessica Hyejin Lee
    2. Petition by

      Jessica Hyejin Lee

      Bryn Mawr, PA

Get undocumented youths out of the detention NOW. Don’t let Obama waste time and dreams of our youth in detention, like he did with the false promise of prosecutorial discretion a year ago.

I am undocumented and am tired of false promises made to my family, friends, neighbors, and community.

We know that under the pressure of undocumented immigrant rights activists, Obama made an announcement on Fri, June 15th that DREAMers will not be subject to deportation proceedings and that some of them would be eligible for work permits. But a year ago, he made a similar promise of not priortizing the deportation of DREAMers--prosecutorial discretion--and it was a lie.

With LESS THAN 1% of detained cases closed under prosecutorial discretion, we know that Obama’s prosecutorial discretion was a FALSE promise made for electoral gains.

Unlike Obama’s announcement on Friday June 15th, his instruction through Janet Napolitano’s memo to Department of Homeland Security was NOT an executive order nor does it prevent DHS from denying eligible cases. Its eligibility criteria specifying the applicant should not have “significant misdemeanor” will cause the same problem we faced under prosecutorial discretion--DHS unreasonably and freely denying cases using a loose definition of “threat to the community” including minor offenses, traffic tickets, and for the most part just being undocumented.

We, as a community, need to hold Obama accountable for his statements. I was in jail for a civil disobedience action I did in Philadelphia last March to stand up for the undocumented community. From the experience, I know that it is not fair that so many lives are being wasted at the detention center for months and years for just being undocumented.

DREAMers are being denied freedom at this moment. Sign the petition NOW to demand Obama to release DREAMers IMMEDIATELY from the detention centers and be free to go home to their families, their loved ones, their schools, their churches, and their communities.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Undocumented youths infiltrate Broward Detention Center

      Jessica Hyejin Lee
      Petition Organiser

      Viridiana Martinez and Marco Saavedra infiltrated a detention center in Florida and discovered that undocumented youth were held in detention despite the fact that they should not be deported and even be eligible for work permit based on Obama's announcement in June. Looks like we've got the Obama administration lying to our community. Spread the petition and demand Obama to release the undocumented youths immediately. Don't let him take their human rights and be locked in detention center for months before our DreamActivists infiltrate the detention and force them to review the detainees again.

    3. We just had a protest in Oakland, CA!!

      Jessica Hyejin Lee
      Petition Organiser

      Undocumented Americans in Oakland just had a protest during Obama's visit to the city!!

      Many Asian and Latino undocumented youths directly confronted Obama to release all DREAMers in detention centers NOW and to stop detaining/deporting any more DREAMers. We publicly declared our status to fight for undocumented youth detainees who are still detained and being deported even after Obama's announcement in June that he would stop detaining/deporting DREAMers. He is still playing political games with our families, real people.

      Stand in solidarity!! We are still going strong. Spread the word about our petition.


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    4. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Danyella Garcia BELLINGHAM, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      I do not support youth in detention centers and will support any effort to rid the world of such facilities.

    • Viviana Ortiz PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      Release them all

    • Yvonne Woods BARSTOW, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Dont detane them, teach them and let them live.

    • Nora Beauchamp STONE MOUNTAIN,, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      Because we are human beings and should be looking out for each other. It is not illegal to look for a better way of life for yourself and your family.

    • Carolina ♥ ANAHEIM, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      I'm pro-Obama (that phrase made me giggle), but seriously, release those DREAMers!


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