ALLOW YESENIA AND OMAR’S FAMILY ASYLUM IN THE UNITED STATES!

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ALLOW THE FAMILY OF YESENIA AND OMAR CAMACHO TO STAY IN THE UNITED STATES! NOT ONE MORE DEPORTATION!

Teachers, parents, students, and the community of Santa Ana, California demand that the ICE Field Director of the Los Angeles Office, Thomas Giles, allow the family of Yesenia and Omar Camacho asylum in the United States.  Their mother, Irma Alvarez Torres, fled their hometown in Michoacan, Mexico in 2016 with her children because they were threatened with violence by a drug cartel who asked them to pay for “protection.” I know their mother was hesitant to leave at first, for she would be leaving her home and everything she had worked for. But one day, two armed men in a car followed 15-year-old Yesenia to school and threatened her for the second time, and that was when Yesenia’s mom, a single parent, decided she could not wait around and see what came of these threats. 

Yesenia and Omar are without a doubt two of the most outstanding young people I have ever known. As their AP Spanish teacher, I had the opportunity to work with them for the past two years.  Many teachers at our high school in Santa Ana know the Camachos as students of integrity with a drive to succeed academically. When Omar started at our school, he was forced to wear an ankle bracelet in my class sanctioned by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  At this time, he helped his mother by working night shifts to make ends meet at home. Because of this, he would come to my room at lunchtime to finish his homework. Yesenia, his younger sister, would join him. She also had little time to socialize with friends in order to excel in her education. For the past two years, I have been a witness to Omar and Yesenia’s discipline and dedication, who both had to learn English to succeed academically.  It paid off; this year, both of them are graduating high school, and Yesenia was accepted to UC Santa Barbara. She wants to study accounting in the future.  Omar has worked all through high school, and he wants to continue his studies at a local community college so that he can achieve the dream that this country has provided for so long: a good career, a stable home, and for his siblings to grow up in a safe environment.

This is why we are calling on the Field Office Director of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) Los Angeles, Thomas Giles, to grant Yesenia and Omar’s family asylum in the United States.  If this agency really wants to make America great, they will allow these young, talented and hard-working people to stay in the United States with their family to achieve the dream that this country offers.  

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