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Petitioning Governor Rick Perry and 8 others

Please Promptly Implement New Provisional Waivers for Adjustment of Status

Families should not be torn apart for lack of compassion and understanding.
The right to protect and preserve, to keep family units intact in United States should be cherished and made available to citizens, even the children as well as husbands and wives, . The sanctity of families should be treasured and protected by Laws, including Immigration Laws. Greater efforts should be put into operation to see that venues are made to help individuals to comply with the Law. People desire to change their status and bring prosperity and peace into their homes. Please, make adequate changes that will open the doors for compliance. Not only thousands of U. S. families would greatly benefit from these changes in rules but also their communities. In fact, the whole country would profit if the rules sought to build as opposed to impair,and totally devastate families and their communities.

The purpose of this petition is to change your mind about current immigration laws, and seek that new provisions be implemented to prevent any further tearing apart of the family unity, starting with my daughter and I.  I respectfully invite you to listen to the appeal of a mother and her child in their dire need for mercy. I am not asking that laws be overlooked and broken; but that laws do not overlook the sanctity of families, even if only a family of two. I have exhausted myself looking for a form I may file, in order to legally stay in the United States and be a mother to my child. Instead, I have to look in my daughter’s eyes and tell her I don’t know if we have a future together. Her father, though non-compliant with child support or medical provisions, maintains his rights to have his daughter and will not release her to go. But I do not blame him. He is her father and should not, for reasons of immigration laws, be separated from his daughter. I, for one, do not desire to separate my daughter from her father, either. I am pressured by immigration to sign an affidavit giving up my daughter, but I do not want to give up my child. She is an American Citizen and she has also rights to a mother, just as much as to a father.

A divorce prior to the marriage to my daughter’s father has set the course for the “Order of Deportation” that haunts me and my daughter. My daughter’s father, now ex-husband, filed a petition I-130 on my behalf in 2006. Immigration approved the I-130 petition but would not go any further in providing me with a change of status. In 2007, I was allowed an order of protection and a temporary work permit, under the care of ICE. The order and the work permit deferred my deportation for a year, and permitted me to provide for my daughter financially, as well as medical insurance. For a year the Department of Homeland and Security found a purpose in me.

No individual should be led and forced to enter a marriage, in order to secure residency. Unfortunately, this seems to be the only available option under current law. I have no desire to trick the Office of Immigration, I assure you. But my question is: Why are others and I cornered into this position when we have a valid and an unbreakable bond in our relationship with our children? Why is our relationship to our children overlooked? From my perspective, a mother-child relationship is a much stronger, honest, dependable, and indispensable bond than any other. I am sure that is also true from a good father’s point- of- view. I would hope not to separate my daughter from her father. However, I am her primary custodian and intend to maintain my position.

These practices condoned by the United States government violate six Articles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and nine Articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Thus, I hereby, with the support of these who have signed this petition, come to request that my file be re-opened, my “Order of Deportation” be removed, and that I be granted an adjustment of status to that of a “legal resident.” I have, not by arrest but voluntarily, walked into the ICE office and submitted a “Stay of Removal” form with the main goal to correct my status to that of a legal resident. I have been placed in an Intense Supervision Appearance Program (ISAP), and have complied with the demands set by that office, including: proper handling of GPS monitoring, bi-weekly home visitations, and weekly office visitations, as well as acquired and handed over my Brazilian passport to the ISAP officers. I pose no threat to the security of the American people; on the contrary, I have been an asset to my community through my love and commitment to humanity as a follower of Christ Jesus.  I make every effort to do my best to promote peace, respect for authority, and a heart of servitude for the spreading of the Gospel and the good of mankind. And these good things, I eagerly bestow on my daughter.

My daughter should not have to suffer to the point of contemplating causing harm to herself.  Her heart is broken, all due to the devastations of divorce, and the possibility of being separated from her mother for the next 10 years.

Thank you for your time in this matter. I trust you will seek to do what is right by remembering that a “healthy Nation” is made up of well-balanced, emotionally stable individuals; not the broken-hearted, incomplete, insecure,  and abandoned.


Martha Gonçalves Pereira (aka Martha Pereira Torres)

It is important to preserve families. Please, voice your opinion to these offices:

President of the United States
Barack Obama
Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414

The U.S. Senate

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison
10440 N. Central Expressway
Suite 1160
Dallas, TX 75231

Sen. John Cornyn
5001 Spring Valley Road, Suite 1125 E
Dallas, TX 75244
Main: 972-239-1310
Fax: 972-239-2110

The U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 224-3121

U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson
United States Congress
2929 N. Central Expy, Ste 240Richardson, Texas 75080
(972) 470-0892
1211 Longworth BuildingWashington, D.C. 20515
(202) 225-4201

Director John Morton
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
500 12th St., SW
Washington, D.C. 20536

Department of Homeland Security
Secretary Janet Napolitano
Washington, D.C. 20528

Department of Homeland Security
Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Director
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Dallas Field Office
Area of Responsibility: North Texas, Oklahoma
8101 N. Stemmons Frwy
Dallas, TX 75247
Phone: (214) 424-7800

Dallas Field Office
Area of Responsibility: North Texas, Oklahoma
8101 N. Stemmons Frwy
Dallas, TX 75247
Phone: (214) 424-7800

This petition was delivered to:
  • Governor
    Rick Perry
  • United States, President
    Barack Obama
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Director
    Alejandro Mayorkas
  • Department of Homeland Security, Secretary
    Janet Napolitano
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE Director
    John Morton
    Dallas Field Office
  • U.S. Congressman
    Sam Johnson
  • United States Senator (TX)
    Kay Bailey Hutchison
  • United States Senator (TX)
    John Cornyn

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