I am a recent graduate from Sacramento State University. I am a DREAMER. I I was brought here by my mother as a minor and have struggled as an undocumented student, yet I completed B.S. Degree. If my removal proceedings case is reviewed and closed before September 1st, I would be allowed to stay here, complete my Masters and eventually go to law school. I would also be allowed to apply for a work permit which will allow me to join our educated work force, and continue to be a positive, contributing member of this society which I consider myself part of.
On Thursday, August 18th, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano sent a letter to key members of the United States Senate stating DHS will halt deportation proceedings on a case-by-case basis against illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria, such as attending school, circumstances of arrival to the US, or pose no threat to national or public safety.
Higinio would be eligible for Dream Act but if his removal proceedings continue, he will be deported.
Higinio’s case is eligible for prosecutorial discretion with particular care and consideration given to Higinio’s "circumstances of arrival in the United States and the manner of his entry, particularly" because he came to the United States as a minor; Higinio's "pursuit of education in the United States, with particular consideration given to him because he graduated from a U.S. high school and have successfully pursued a college degree at a legitimate institution of higher education in the United States;" and being of no criminal threat to national security or public safety. Higinio made a mistake but that mistake does not make him a felon or a threat to National Security.
I am asking the Department of Homeland Security and ICE to use prosecutorial discretion to close Higinio’s removal proceedings case.