On Monday, November 15th, 2010, Jennifer Abreu was taken into ICE custody after a minor traffic violation led officers to find a deportation order written in her name.
Jennifer, who immigrated to the United States as a 13 year old, is a journalism student at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. If action is not taken now, Jennifer will spend Thanksgiving and her 19th birthday in a detention center awaiting deportation. See a plea from friends and teachers to free Jennifer.
1. Sign the email petition
Please make the following calls TODAY!
Senator Jim Bunning: (202) 224-4343
Ask Senator Bunning to introduce a Private Bill for Jennifer immediately. Jennifer is an outstanding young person who knows no other home but the United States.
Assistant Secretary of DHS John Morton: (202) 732-3000
Ask Secretary Morton to grant Jennifer Deferred action.
Congressman Ben Chandler: (202) 225-4706
Ask Congressman Chandler to introduce a Private Bill for Jennifer immediately.
Director of Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano: (202) 282-8945
Ask DHS to halt Jennifer's deportation proceedings and leave comments of support for her. It is an answering machine, lets fill it up with support for Jennifer.
Photo Credit: Please Keep Jennifer Abreu At Home Facebook Group
Jennifer was brought to the United States from Brazil when she was 13. She immersed herself in the community and in her studies. In addition to quickly learning English, Jennifer perfected Spanish and in doing so, became a tutor and a mentor to her classmates. She graduated from Lafayette High School in Lexington, KY where she was an active member of TeenBoard, a community service student organization that also planned activities to educate other students about issues affecting the world and their community like Invisible Children, human trafficking, and the DREAM Act.
Jennifer is an all-American girl. She was on the dance team and performed many times at a local Festival Latino traditional Brazilian and Colombia dances. She plays the piano but her true dream is to become a journalist and work on criminal justice investigations. She hopes to shed light on the issues affecting the community and raise awareness about issues of crime, oppression and injustice. At the time of her detention, Jennifer was scheduled to serve as a mentor during the 6th Latino Multicultural College Fair where she would have encouraged youth to stay in school and plan for college. Instead, Jennifer was detained and is now facing deportation.
Jennifer’s pending deportation is the result of actions she had no control over. She has spent her formative years in the United States and has proven herself to be a great asset to this country. She is an excellent student, a dedicated mentor and a hard-working community servant.
Jennifer’s case merits an administrative closure that would allow her to complete her education in the United States. In view of her family's modest economic circumstances, her only hope for finishing college and fulfilling her professional aspirations is here in the United States. For her to leave the United States at this time would be tragic given her potential for further academic and professional success.
Thank you for your consideration