Stop the Deportation of Omar Helalat

Stop the Deportation of Omar Helalat

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Governor Cuomo,

The purpose of this petition is to draw attention to the illegal and unconscionable detention of former University at Albany student Omar Helalat at Batavia Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, NY. Like many other immigrants, Omar has been separated from his family despite being covered under DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and is now being processed as an arriving alien. Some signatories of this petition have been in contact with the Helalat family who expressed the deepest concern for the well being of their son, as well as his lawyer who informed us that all charges against Omar had been dropped.

As concerned citizens and students, we are calling on you to condemn Omar’s detention and demand he be released to his family for the remainder of his immigration proceedings. This would allow Omar to both reconnect with his family whom he misses dearly, as well as allowing him to finish his schooling which he is vehemently dedicated to. Each day the Helalat family hopes for the safe return of their son, who risks deportation to a country where he has little family. We cannot go about our lives normally while fellow students have their safety and futures put at risk in the interest of creating fear in immigrant communities for cynical political grandstanding. We cannot allow Omar to spend another birthday in a cell, or in a distant place far from those who care for him most.

We are urging you to stand not just with Omar and the Helalat family, but with the wider immigrant student community in New York State who live in fear of persecution. We ask you to show Omar he is worth being able to realize his dreams as fellow student, fellow New Yorker, and fellow American.

Signed:

UAlbany Consciousness Raising and the Helalat family

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