Ms. Hwang is a wife and the mother of two U.S. citizen children who are only 11 and 3 years old. She currently awaits deportation simply because she tried to renew her driver’s license in order to take her kids to school and shop for groceries. At the DMV, she was arrested and has been in jail since November 2011, separated from her children. For more information, please see the 'Petition Letter' tab.
Please join the MinKwon Center for Community Action and take action immediately to reunite Ms. Hwang with her family!
1. Sign the Petition
Please sign the petition and ask all of your contacts to do the same. You can also share the petition and action alert with your friends on Facebook/Twitter.
2. Make a Call
Please call ICE Newark Field Office Director John Tsoukaris – (973) 776-3220
Sample Script: "I am calling to ask ICE to lift the detainer on Keong Sook Hwang [Date of Birth: March 6, 1973]. Ms. Hwang is a contributing member of her community and provides for her two U.S. citizen children. Don't deport Ms. Hwang."
3. Give to Reunify Ms. Hwang’s family
At least $5,000 in bail must be raised to release Ms. Hwang from jail. Please consider making a donation to reunite Ms. Hwang with her husband and children.
To make a donation, please click here. In the "Designate your donation to a specific program or fund" section, please write "Help Ms. Hwang".
About the MinKwon Center for Community Action
The MinKwon Center for Community Action was established in 1984 to meet the needs and concerns of the Korean American community through our five program areas: Community Organizing and Advocacy, Social Services, Civic Participation, Youth, and Culture. Since our founding, we have made a profound presence in the Korean American community through various grassroots organizing, education, and advocacy initiatives that address important community issues, including immigration policies at the national, state and city levels, voter rights, and cultural awareness.
I write to request that you exercise your prosecutorial discretion to lift the detainer on Keong Sook Hwang [DOB: 03/06/1973].
Ms. Hwang exemplifies what it means to be an American, and should be granted prosecutorial discretion to stay in the U.S. to live her American Dream. She immigrated to the U.S. in 1996 in hopes of a better future for her family. As a resident of this country for the past 16 years, Ms. Hwang has become a wife and the mother of two U.S. citizen children, a law-abiding and tax-paying member of society, and a contributing member of her community.
On November 25, 2011, Ms. Hwang was arrested at the New Jersey Somerset County DMV trying to renew her driver’s license. She had done so in order to meet her family’s basic needs – such as the ability to drop her son off at school or to make a trip to the supermarket, but she did not understand the consequences of renewing her driver’s license with her current status. Ms. Hwang is a person of good moral character with no other criminal record, and the action for which she has been charged has harmed no one. Like many immigrants, she has worked hard to provide for her family. For over ten years, Ms. Hwang worked at a nail salon and filed her taxes, and after the birth of her second child in 2008 she has been a dedicated stay-at-home mother taking care of her two young children. In order to make ends meet, her husband has been working a grueling twelve hours a day, six days a week as a delivery truck driver.
Ms. Hwang’s two U.S. citizen children depend on their mother and desperately need her at home. Her 11-year-old son has been struggling with health issues since birth, born as a three-pound premature baby who had a hernia three months later and received testicular surgery when he was 5 years old. Today, her son is still smaller in stature than other children his age, and his doctor counsels the need for constant care and attention until he reaches puberty. Her 3-year-old daughter is very young and needs the nurturing hand of her mother. At this time, without a caretaker at home and unable to afford a baby sitter, Ms. Hwang’s husband has no choice but to bring their daughter in his car as he works as a deliveryman, with their son joining them after school. If deported, Ms. Hwang will be separated from her U.S. citizen children, who will suffer tremendously. Her family needs her here.
In a recent announcement, Secretary Napolitano stated new guidelines for Prosecutorial Discretion. According to these guidelines, Ms. Hwang is not deemed a priority for removal by the Department of Homeland Security and merits a favorable exercise of discretion. She has lived and filed taxes in the U.S. for over ten years, has demonstrated good moral character with no criminal record and has young U.S. citizen children who will face great hardships if she is deported.
I urge you to take immediate action and lift the detainer on Keong Sook Hwang. Please help keep Ms. Hwang in the country with her family and supportive community.