ICE Director Morton: Stop Deporting Persecuted Christian Indonesian Arino Massie
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Joel (7) is a U.S. Citizen who deserves to be raised by both his parents in his Edison, NJ home, supported by his church family in The First Indonesian Seventh-day Adventist Church in South Plainfield, NJ and at the Reformed Church of Highland Park where the family has many friends and neighbors.
But ICE has PRIORITIZED deporting Christian Indonesians, deporting 9 from our community since January 1, 2012.
ICE gave Joel's father Arino Massie a deport order for Jun 28, 2012. He now receives SANCTUARY in the Reformed Church, courageously giving up his job and his freedom, in order to keep his family together and continue to advocate for all Indonesian refugees. Joel can only see his Dad when Joel visits the church. But that's better than being 9,000 miles away!
Arino petitioned the U.S. government for asylum when he first complied with special registration (NSEERS) in March 2003. Arino explains, how he registered even though he had great fear of being detained. "Since then, I was placed in removal proceedings and applied for asylum that has been denied."
The asylum case and appeals have been denied because Arino missed the 1-year deadline. Now ICE has denied his request for prosecutorial discretion, even though he meets multiple factors in John Morton's June 17, 2011 memo promising to re-focus ICE on deporting criminals.
Arino refuses to return to Indonesia where violent mobs have destroyed 1,700 churches since 1995. He especially fears for the safety of his child Joel, who, as a Christian and an American, faces discrimination and persecution in Indonesia, and a life without a father in the U.S.
SIGN THIS PETITION and set Arino free to work and raise his children . . .
Arino's faith that God will find a way where there seems to be no way has inspired our small community in Central New Jersey to advocate and work tirelessly for him and thousands of Christian Indonesians across the country. A big job for our small group! We need your help. Learn more at http://keepfamiliestogether.org
Arino came to the U.S. on July 18, 2001, with a tourist visa. "I overstayed my visa because I feared religious persecution in Indonesia," Arino explains. As a Seventh-day Adventist Christian, Arino and his wife regularly pay tithe (10% of income) and offerings through their local church to church conference and World Headquarters in Maryland. He and his wife actively participate in church activities and programs, including since 2011, serving as Head Deacon, a prominent ministerial function. He was reelected in 2012. His wife serves as Head Deaconness/Ushers. Also, through his church he actively participates in South Plainfield Clean Communities Program "Adopt A Spot". A community program to clean a spot/road they commited to clean regularly even in Winter time. "The last time I did it in Spring time. The weather was so nice so I took my wife and my son to join together. Two times I participated with angkle bracelet monitor still on my feet," Arino remembers.
On June 21, 2012, rather than comply with deportation, Arino left his long-time job, working at 3rd shift in refrigerated warehousing company, in order to take sanctuary with 9 other Christian Indonesians at our church. Like Arino, thousands of Christian Indonesians across the U.S. belong to families that are being torn apart. Like Arino, they registered for NSEERS and applied for asylum to help the U.S. fight terrorism post-9/11. They have become entrapped in an immigration system whose quota of 400,000 deportations per year in the last three years leaves scant room for humanitarian concerns and the welfare of U.S. Citizen children.
Along with 11 members of the U.S. Congress, including Carolyn Maloney and Yvette Clarke from NY and Frank Pallone and Rush Holt from NJ, we urge ICE to stay deportations for Arino and Indonesian families while a bill our Pastor Seth Kaper-Dale helped write, the Indonesian Refugee Family Protection Act is being considered in both Houses. Senator Frank Lautenberg introduced S-3339, while Ms. Maloney and Mr. Pallone introduced HR-3590, now supported by 18 Representatives. It allows Indonesians who fled from 1997-2003 a chance to file for asylum without the 1-year deadline that has kept their cases from being heard.
US HOUSE OF REPS. Colleagues urge ICE to prevent Indonesian Christian Refugees from being deported back to a life of persecution in their homeland. http://maloney.house.gov/press-release/rep-maloney-joins-house-colleagues-urging-ice-prevent-indonesian-christian-regugees
THE NEW YORK TIMES A Sanctuary Amid Fears of Persecution at Home. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/17/nyregion/reformed-church-gives-sanctuary-to-indonesians-ordered-to-be-deported.html
THE STAR LEDGER NJ Assemblyman Peter J. Barnes introduced a state resolution to enact HR-3590 http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20120511/NJNEWS/305110070/Assemblyman-visits-Indonesian-immigrants-Highland-Park
HUFFINGTON POST NY Rep. Carolyn Maloney, visited the immigrants and said, "They fled violence, they fled the burning and the raids of their religious sanctuaries. I think it's just the fair and just thing to allow them their day in court."http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/06/indonesian-immigrants-pastor-congress-church_n_1409248.html
WASHINGTON POST Minister sees no choice but to fight for refugees. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/minister-sees-no-choice-but-to-fight-for-refugees/2012/04/05/gIQAbJmrxS_story.html
THE NEW REPUBLIC Broken Promises: How Obama's Immigration Failures Have Put A New Jersey Community On Edge http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/101307/immigration-indonesians-new-jersey
CHRISTIAN POST Indonesian Christians Facing Deportation in US Appeal to Obama http://www.christianpost.com/news/indonesian-christians-facing-deportation-in-us-appeal-to-obama-69540/
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