Confirmed victory
Petitioning Director, Dept. of Homeland Security John Morton and 20 others

ICE Director Morton: Stop Deporting Persecuted Christian Indonesian Roby Sanger

Bridget (9) and Caitlyn (6) are U.S. Citizens who deserve to be raised by their parents in their  Metuchen, NJ home, supported by their church family at the First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen and a large community of friends and neighbors. 

But ICE has PRIORITIZED deporting Christian Indonesians, deporting 9 from our community since January 1, 2012.

ICE gave Roby Sanger a deport order for June 28, 2012. He now receives SANCTUARY in the Reformed Church of Highland Park, courageously giving up his job and his freedom, in order to keep his family together and continue to advocate for all Indonesian refugees. See more in this film at http://brokenasylumfilm.com

Roby has petitioned the U.S. government for asylum for a decade, since Roby first complied with special registration (NSEERS), but his request was denied because he missed the one-year application 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.

Roby refuses to return to Indonesia where violent mobs have destroyed 1,700 churches since he left Indonesia in 1995. He especially fears for the safety of his daughters Bridget and Caitlyn, Christians and Americans, who face discrimination and persecution in Indonesia, and a life without a father in the U.S. 

SIGN THIS PETITION and help thousands of Christian Indonesians across the U.S. whose families are being torn apart. Like Roby 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. 

Roby'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 his family and thousands of Christian Indonesians across the country. A big job for our small group! We need your help. Learn more at http://keepfamiliestogether.com

In Roby's words: "My wife and I came to America in 1995 because our lives were threatened by a Muslim man who lived with his uncle who was on duty as a policeman. The place where we lived was close to a large shopping complex and many Muslim people lived there. This man and his friends always gathered at the cross roads. Every time we came from church they were always there and trying to stop us. But we just ignored them and walked fast. Until one night when my wife and I were on the way from shopping. Suddenly this man came and attacked us with a knife in his hand and we ran fast to a neighbor's house. And thank God my neighbor opened the door and let us in until that man went away. Since then we became afraid and couldn't go out anymore. And we decided to come to America.

In New Jersey, we became members of the First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen, where we worshipped for 16 years. We are active members, my wife as a Deaconess and she is also a senior choir member. My girls are also active members in Sunday School and they joined the choir. My kids go to Campbell School Metuchen, Bridget in 4th grade and Caitlyn in 1st grade. Caitlyn is very involved in school activities, she joined the choir and plays violin in school.

I worked as a forklift driver and before that I worked at a warehouse for 7 years. My wife worked at a beauty product packaging company for 16 years. We always pay taxes during the years we have lived in America. 

The place where we lived in Indonesia remains unsafe for us. A couple months ago, they found a bomb near our church. At this time we would like to ask President Obama to help me so that I can stay in this country along with my wife and my children, please don't separate us. They need me here, I have to bring them and pick them up from school everyday. I would like to stay live here and I want to raise my kids who are U.S. Citizens in this country."

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 Roby 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-ParkHUFFINGTON 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/

CNN    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2011/12/09/pkg-snow-indonesian-deportation-fight.cnn 

Letter to
Director, Dept. of Homeland Security John Morton
Senator Barbara Boxer
Senator Cory Booker
and 18 others
Senator Robert Menendez
Senator Patrick Leahy
Representative Niki Tsongas
Representative Richard Hanna
Representative Ed Pastor
Representative Jared Polis
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Representative Peter Welch
Representative Michael Grimm
Representative Juan Vargas
Representative Eric Swalwell
Representative Luis Gutierrez
Representative Chris Smith
Representative Frank Pallone
Representative Albio Sires
Representative Bill Pascrell
Representative Rush Holt
President of the United States
Stop Deporting Persecuted Christian Indonesian Roby Sanger

Alien number:
Roby Sanger AO97152935

Stop Prioritizing the deportation of persecuted Indonesian refugees! Roby Sanger has a deport order for June 28, 2012, after more than a decade petitioning the U.S. government for asylum, ever since Roby complied with special registration in 2003 (NSEERS). 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. He fears returning to Indonesia where violent mobs have destroyed 1700 churches since he fled the country in 1995.

Roby now receives sanctuary in The Reformed Church of Highland Park, courageously giving up his job and his freedom, in order to continue to advocate for all Indonesian refugees.

Roby and his wife fled violent persecution in 1995 moving to New Jersey, where they became members of the First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen and worshipped there for 16 years. Their U.S. Citizen children Bridget (9) and Caitlyn (6) are also active members in the Sunday School and sing in the choir. They attend Campbell School in Metuchen, Bridget in 4th grade and Caitlyn in 1st grade. Caitlyn is very involved in school activities, she joined the choir and plays violin in school.

Rather than comply with deportation and break his family apart, Roby gave up his job as a forklift driver, in order to take sanctuary with 9 Christian Indonesians in the Reformed Church of Highland Park.

Like Roby, there are thousands of Christian Indonesians across the U.S. whose families are being torn apart. Indonesian men registered for NSEERS and applied for asylum to help the U.S. fight terrorism post-9/11. Then they found themselves entrapped in an immigration system whose quota of 400,000 deportations per year in the last three years leaves little room for humanitarian concerns.

It is only right to keep Roby's family together in the U.S. when 11 members of the U.S. Congress, including Carolyn Maloney and Yvette Clarke from NY and Frank Pallone and Rush Holt from NJ, have urged ICE to stay deportations for persecuted Indonesians 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. Watch their story at http://brokenasylumfilm.com

Learn more at http://keepfamiliestogether.org and . . .

THE 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

NY DAILY NEWS
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/indonesians-jersey-church-report-deportation-article-1.1046973

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/

CNN
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2011/12/09/pkg-snow-indonesian-deportation-fight.cnn

Sincerely,