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The Lee and Rahayuningsih families are facing deportation despite being low priority cases. Both families have children who qualify for Deferred Action and have loved ones with severe health issues.  Urge ICE to grant prosecutorial discretion and prevent separating more families!

This June, the Obama Administration granted undocumented youth with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which offers relief from deportation for up to two years.  The Lee and Rahayuningsih Family have children who are eligible for deferred action and are considered low priority cases.  These families should not be separated from young people who have just been granted relief.

Alex Lee and his family arrived in the US over fifteen years ago to flee persecution in Brazil. Alex was diagnosed with brain cancer last year causing blindness and limited mobility. Although he is eligible for deferred action to stay, he is unable to live independently.

“My son is unable to live on his own. We have no other family here or in Brazil. What use is his right to stay, if his caretakers are deported? ” says his mother Boi See Lee Choi.

Putri Dyannie’s family faces the same circumstances after arriving with her parents from Indonesia at age eleven.  Putri remembers little about Indonesia and her parents are her only family. She was granted deferred action and will transfer to a four-year university next year.  Her father is also being treated for cancer.

“My parents are my foundation. They are not less deserving than me. They work tirelessly to put me through college and without them. It pains me to think that they won’t be here to see me cross the stage on graduation day or witness me grow.”

The Lees and Rahayuningsihs have established their lives in the United States for over a decade. The family members could be separated indefinitely if ICE does not take action.

These deportations can be stopped. Sign the petition to tell ICE that these families matter and that they can do the right thing by granting prosecutorial discretion for families of youth with deferred action.

 

Call John Morton, Director of ICE -  202.732.3000 and

ICE’s Office of the Public Advocate - 1.888.351.4024

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“I am calling you to grant prosecutorial discretion for the Lee Family (lead A# 099-340-565) and Rahayuningsih Family (lead A#099-779-854).

Both the Lee and Rahayuningsih Families have been in the United States for over a decade. Their children were raised here and qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  Both families have a loved one with a severe health issue and cannot be separated.  These are low priority cases and should be dismissed.  Don’t separate families and grant prosecutorial discretion.”

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Letter to
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of the Public Advocate
Director, Immigration and Customs Enforcement John Morton
We urge you to grant prosecutorial discretion for the Lee Family (lead A# 099-340-565) and Rahayuningsih Family (lead A#099-779-854). Despite the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s statement that it would dismiss all low priority cases, these families continue to be in removal proceedings.

The Lee and Rahayuningsih Family have children who are eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Their family members should not be separated from these young people who have just been granted relief.

The Lee Family arrived to the United States over fifteen years ago to escape persecution in Brazil. Alex Wei Cheng Lee, the eldest son of three, was diagnosed with brain cancer last year and suffers from blindness and mobile disabilities.

“My son is unable to live on his own. We have no other family here or in Brazil. What use is his right to stay, if you deport his caretakers?” says his mother Boi See Lee Choi.

Putri Dyannie’s family faces the same circumstances when she arrived with her parents from Indonesia when she was eleven years old. She was granted deferred action earlier this year, but her parents are in removal proceedings.

“My parents are my foundation. They are not less deserving than me. They work tirelessly to put me through college and without them, I would not be able to succeed. It pains me to think that they won’t be here to see me cross the stage on Graduation day or witness me grow.”

Families with deferred action eligible youth should be allowed to stay together. We request that you grant prosecutorial discretion for the Lee and Rahayuningsih families.