Luis is a 23 year old college student facing deportation to Mexico. Luis was brought to the United States at the age of nine, after several of his family members died or disapeared due to the violence in Mexico. Luis has never left the United States since his arrival.
At age 18, Luis was wrongfully arrested by the New York City police. After more than a year of incarceration, the charges against Luis were dismissed.
However, Luis was then taken into the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcment (ICE). For the past several years, Luis has been fighting his deportation. During this time, he has obtained his GED and finished 3 semesters at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, where he maintains above a 3.5 GPA. In addition to being in school full time, Luis works five days a week to help support his mother and United States citizen step-siblings.
The Obama administration has directed local ICE officers to exercise discretion and not deport individuals like Luis. However, ICE has failed to exercise discretion for Luis and they are continuing to advocate for his deportation.
Please sign this petition asking that ICE follow their own directives and not deport Luis.
I am writing to ask that you exercise prosecutorial discretion in the case of Luis Guerra. Luis meets all of the criteria created by your agency to determine if a favorable exercise of discretion is warranted.
Luis was brought to the United States at the age of 9. He has no criminal record. Although he was arrested and spent significant time in jail, those charges were dismissed by the prosecution for lack of evidence.
Since his release, Luis has obtained his GED and completed several semesters of college, where he maintains above a 3.5 GPA. He continues to attend school full time while working 5 days a week to support his mother and two United States citizen step-siblings.
Luis is an asset to his community and, should the DREAM Act or comprehensive immigration reform be enacted, he will be eligible to legalize his status.
Please use your authority to exercise discretion and not pursue the deportation of Luis Guerra.