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/
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