Hauwa Otori has been in the United States since she was five years old. She legally emigrated with her parents and siblings from Nigeria when her father's company transferred him to the States.
After 19 years of living in the United States, Hauwa is facing self-deportation. Hauwa completed her primary school and high school education in the United States. She graduated with honors from Cornell University with a B.S. in Communication and a minor in Applied Economics & Management. Subsequently, Hauwa chose to pursue an advanced degree and earned her J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law. Despite Hauwa's academic achievements and work experience, she has been unable to secure an H1-B work visa to remain legally in the States.
Hauwa identifies as an American. She has built her life in America and forged great friendships. If Hauwa is unable to secure an H1-B work visa, she will be forced to self-deport and leave behind her life, family, and friends. Hauwa would love nothing more than to legally continue her life in the States and make significant contributions to the American workforce.
The Obama Administration's new immigration policy will issue renewable, two-year work visas to illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. as children and have led law abiding lives. On August 8, 2012, the United States Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, permitted Lauren Gray, a young English-born, Missouri woman in a similar position as Hauwa's current position, to receive a renewable, two-year work visa.
Like Gray who met the qualifications for Obama's new immigration policy but did not qualify as a legal immigrant, Hauwa also meets all the criteria for Obama policy but does not qualify for the policy because she is also a legal immigrant. Please sign this petition and tell Janet Napolitano to continue to apply the Administration's new immigration policy to legal immigrants so that Hauwa (like Lauren Gray) may receive the same benefits as those that already qualify under this policy.