ICE Director Morton: Stop Deporting Persecuted Indonesian Christian Oldy Manopo
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Oldy Manopo's grandson Sean Manopo is only 3 years old, but he is a U.S. Citizen and he deserves to grow up in the watchful eye of his grandfather, along with the rest of his extended family, including Oldy's wife, his son (24) and daughter-in-law and daughter (20). Sean's father and Aunt are "Dream Act" young adults from Indonesia who can now benefit from President Obama's June 15, 2012 executive order for undocumented young adults who came to the U.S. as minor children.
Yet ICE has PRIORITIZED deporting Christian Indonesians like Oldy, deporting 9 from our community since January 1, 2012.
ICE gave Oldy a deport order for April 16, 2012. He now receives SANCTUARY in our church, courageously giving up his job and his freedom, in order to keep his growing family together and continue to advocate for all Indonesian refugees. Watch our film at http://brokenasylumfilm.com
Oldy petitioned the U.S. government for asylum for a decade, since he first complied with special registration (NSEERS) but was denied for missing the 1-year deadline. This year, ICE denied Oldy's request for prosecutorial discretion, even though he meets multiple factors in John Morton's June 17, 2011 memo that promised to re-focus ICE on deporting criminals.
Oldy refuses to return to Indonesia where violent mobs have destroyed 1,700 churches since 1995.
SIGN THIS PETITION . . . and help Oldy and other persecuted Indonesian refugees tell their story to ICE, the federal government and the U.S. people.
Oldy's strong 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 Oldy saw Indonesia was December 25, 2001, when he and his family were driven in a dumptruck to the airport. Oldy's son was 13 and his daughter was 9. They left the country as Christian churches were being bombed in Jakarta. Back then, Oldy's wife worked at an Australian coal-mining company. One day a mob of Muslim extremists surrounded the company housing complex. "The police hid the people in a dump truck that drove us to the airport," Oldy explained.
Like Oldy, thousands of Christian Indonesians across the U.S. belong to families that are being torn apart. Like Oldy, many registered for NSEERS and applied for asylum to help the U.S. fight terrorism post-9/11. Peaceful people like Oldy who did not register are now eligible for immigration relief. But our friends like Oldy 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 family members.
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 Oldy 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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