Our names are Kyle and Scott Kuwahara and we are twins who are in 4th grade at Jefferson Elementary School in Berkeley, CA. When our friend and classmate Rodrigo Guzman left for vacation earlier this year, we never thought it might be the last time we saw him.
He and his parents were stopped when they tried to come back into the United States and sent back to Mexico. Rodrigo's mom and dad had visas but they had expired. Now Rodrigo is living in a country he doesn't know and doesn't like. He doesn’t speak much Spanish and doesn’t have friends like he does here. He misses going to school with us at Jefferson Elementary and we miss him too.
We don't think it's right that Rodrigo wasn't allowed to come home. We've known him since kindergarten, he's lived in Berkeley since before he can remember because he moved here when he was just a baby. In school we're learning about people like Martin Luther King, Jr, Cesar Chavez and Rosa Parks who stood up for what was right. But what about Rodrigo? Who is fighting for him? It's our time to stand up, like Cesar Chavez, and fight for Rodrigo's freedom.
That's why we are joining our 4th grade classmates to ask our Senator, Dianne Feinstein, to bring Rodrigo home! We also got our city council in Berkeley to pass a resolution asking Congress to bring Rodrigo home and we've even written to President Obama. We hope he responds.
We miss Rodrigo and we have learned that even more kids like him are being deported. We don't think it's right and we need your help.
Please sign our petition -- that we started with the help of our mom -- asking Dianne Feinstein to help us bring Rodrigo home to the country he calls home.
P.S. Rodrigo’s family is struggling in Mexico. If you would like to donate to them, you can click here http://www.gofundme.com/BringRodrigoHome
We strongly urge your office to take action on behalf of Rodrigo Javier Diaz Guzman, a fourth grader at Jefferson Elementary School in Berkeley, California and his parents, Reyna Diaz Mayida and Javier Ponce Guzman. Recently Rodrigo left for vacation with his parents to Mexico and upon their return on January 10, 2013, they were detained in Houston. ICE discovered that the father's visa had expired. However, the mother thought her visa and her son’s was still valid. After the father was questioned for hours, ICE turned the entire family back to Mexico. They were told that they must wait five years before they can reapply for a visa to return.
We are upset at this disruption to the life of Rodrigo and his family. We ask you as the President of the United States to grant Rodrigo and his family humanitarian parole to return their home in California and to seek legal remedy for their situation. It is extremely important to our Berkeley community that the Guzman family is allowed to back into the United States. He has difficulty with the language and is suffering from depression and fear for his future in Mexico. He misses his schoolmates, friends and his education in Berkeley.
This is our time to stand up like Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez and Yuri Kochiyama to fight for Rodrigo's rights. As parents and leaders in our communities, we must stand up first and foremost for the rights of our children.
This year marks Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday. She did the right thing by taking a personal risk so that others can live free. Today, we ask you to continue Rosa Parks’ legacy by standing up for Rodrigo and his family.
Please bring Rodrigo home!
Scott and Kyle Kuwahara (9 years old), who had help with their mom, Mable Yee, to start this petition
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