ICE Director Morton: Stop Deporting Persecuted Christian Indonesians Harry and Yana
Jocelyn (10) and Christa (5) are U.S. Citizens who deserve to be raised by their parents in their Highland Park, NJ home, supported by their church family at the Reformed Church of Highland Park 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 Harry Pangemanan and Yana (Maryana) Sunarto a deport order for July 9, 2012. They now receive SANCTUARY in our church in order to keep their family together and continue to advocate for all Indonesian refugees. Watch their film at http://brokenasylumfilm.com
Though the Pangemanans have petitioned the U.S. government for asylum for a decade, since Harry first complied with special registration (NSEERS), ICE has denied their request for prosecutorial discretion, even though they meet multiple factors in John Morton's June 17, 2011 memo promising to re-focus ICE on deporting criminals.
The Pangemanans refuse to return to Indonesia where violent mobs have destroyed 1,700 churches since 1995. They especially fear for the safety of their daughters Jocelyn and Christa, outspoken Christians and Americans, who face discrimination and persecution in Indonesia, and a life without parents in the U.S.
SIGN THIS PETITION . . . then call the ICE HOTLINE for Harry & Yana -- you'll hear instructions before your call goes through: 1-866-974-8813 . . .
Harry and Yana's unflinching 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 them 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
The last time Yana saw Indonesia was May 13, 1998 when the Suharto regime fell. As angry Muslim extremist mobs burned Jakarta's Chinatown, killing Christians and raping Christian women of Chinese descent, Yana was saved by the Muslim driver of her boss' car who helped her escape to the airport. She left behind her parents and her six year-old son whom she never saw again.
On June 15, 2012, rather than comply with deportation, Harry left his long-time job, working the second shift where he manages warehouse shipments, in order to take sanctuary with 10 other Christian Indonesians at our church, where he serves as Elder. Harry has been an outspoken advocate for thousands of Christian Indonesians across the U.S. whose families are being torn apart. Like Harry 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 andr the welfare of U.S. Citizen children.
Harry has received threats from people in contact with the Indonesian Consulate. "Because of my role working with Indonesian refugees, I face 5 years jail time and I feel strong that once I arrive in Indonesia they will put me in jail. Also if Jocelyn and Christa go to Indonesia, they will need to leave Indonesia and come back to the US every 2-3 months with a renewal permit to stay in Indonesia as USC," explains Harry. "My family will not survive deportation together."
Learn more at http://keepfamiliestogether.com
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 the Pangemanans 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
Now our church family, neighbors and friends call on John Morton and all elected and appointed officials to honor the June 17 memo and answer the prayers of the Pangemanans and Christian Indonesians who fled violent persecution.
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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