Petition update (as of July 14, 2011): Great news! On July 1, Chan and Ki and their father’s case was “terminated without prejudice” by the immigration judge. This means the case has been closed and the family is not in danger of being deported for the time being. This is an extremely rare result and the family is very happy and relieved. They extend their appreciation for the outpouring support and love from the change.org and broader communities.
The fight is not over! While the family is temporarily clear from imminent danger, their case has the potential to be re-opened at any time. They will continue to seek deferred action in the absence of federal legislation that addresses the current broken immigration system. Please help continue to garner signatures on behalf of the Choi Family!
Brothers Seul Chan and Seul Ki (also known as Chan and Ki), and their parents have called America home since coming here 17 years ago when Chan and Ki were just 6 and 8 years old. After Mr. Choi was unable to get the work sponsorship he had been promised and after his case was also denied by USCIS, the family continued to spend years exhausting numerous channels to legally adjust their status to no avail. The brothers and their father now face imminent removal orders, which will send Chan and Ki and their parents back to Korea, a country they no longer are familiar with.
July 1 is the brothers' upcoming hearing date. Community leaders, advocates, and the family’s attorneys are pursuing all possible resources to support the Choi family, who have lived, worked and attended school in California since their arrival to the U.S. in 1994. But we also need your help. Sign the petition below to urge DHS to take immediate action to keep Chan and Ki and their father here in the U.S.
5 Things You Can do!
1. Sign the petition at http://bit.ly/ChoiFamilyPetition
2. Share this link with 5 of your friends http://bit.ly/ChoiFamilyAction
3. Tweet the following to your network! – Sign & Retweet! 5 things you can do for dreamers Chan, Ki & their parents!http://bit.ly/ChoiFamilyAction #aapi #p2 #dreamact
4. Change your Facebook status to – Keep the Choi Family Together in America! 5 things you can do for dreamers Chan and Ki and their parents! http://bit.ly/ChoiFamilyAction #aapi #p2 #dreamact
5. Join the Choi Family Facebook Page and help spread the word! http://on.fb.me/le9K8d
If you would like to get involved, please contact Jani Kim, Immigrant Rights Program Coordinator at KRC (firstname.lastname@example.org | 323-937-3718) or Joyce Yin, Program Associate at NAKASEC (email@example.com | 202-299-9540).
They are originally from South Korea and came to the United States 17 years ago when the Choi brothers were only 6 and 8 years old. In 1994, Mr. Choi, the father, came to the United States after he was offered a job as an animator and his family followed soon after. However, their American Dream was short-lived. Just a year later, the family found out that Mr. Choi’s company was ineligible to provide proper sponsorship. Abruptly denied, the family pursued all available routes to adjust their status. Mr. Choi found another company that also turned out to be ineligible to provide sponsorship. Mrs. Choi also applied for an R-visa as a religious worker at her church, but after nearly six years and two attempts, her visa was also denied. Exhausting all channels, their efforts took a turn for the worse in 2010 when Mr. Choi and his sons received “Notice to Appear” letters letting them know that they have been put in immigration removal proceedings.
Since then, the Choi family has tried everything to seek their rights to live together in this country, and on July 1, 2011, the Choi brothers and their father attended their court hearing where their case was “terminated without prejudice”. While this temporarily relieves the family of immediate deportation, their cases can be re-opened at any given time.
Chan Choi is 23 years old and currently a music student at CSUN. He works three jobs to help support his education. As an aspiring musician he hopes to contribute back to his community through music and activism. As the lead singer of an independent rock band called Feats in Inches, Chan is already well on his way in achieving his hopes and dreams. “I hope to break through the boundaries of art and music by contributing innovative work and to live a life in America that reflects the value of humanity.” Chan’s band has played in the 2010 Sunset Strip Music Festival and continues to gain momentum in the music industry. Chan also serves as the Worship Director for his church and leads his friends in praise and prayer.
Ki Choi is 25 years old and is a graduate of California State University, Northridge (CSUN) with a degree in Management. During college, he worked full-time to afford his education. Even though he was accepted to prestigious institutions, he attended a state university which was less burdensome financially. Ki also attempted to enlist in the Army. “Because America has given me and my family so much, I wanted to give back serve my country.” He went to an army recruiting center with a friend and passed multiple exams to qualify. However, when they discovered his immigration status, they asked him to leave. Active in his local community as a volunteer for various programs, he has provided tutoring help for blind and dyslexic youth. He is also active in his church where he played piano for six years.
Chan and Ki are supported and loved by their father, a man who has constantly overcome hardships to protect his family. Mr. Choi has worked backbreaking hours to provide for his sons and to give them as many opportunities as possible. As a result, the Choi brothers have grown up to be caring, compassionate and outstanding leaders. Mr. Choi’s only wish is for his family to be together and live out their lives and dreams here in America, a place they call home.
Attorneys and community advocates are still pursuing deferred action for the Choi family and request your urgent attention in this matter. The Korean Resource Center (KRC), Korean American Resource & Cultural Center (KRCC) and the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) also recognize that the case of the Choi Family is all too familiar within immigrant communities and that a humane and just overhaul of the immigration system is needed to keep families together.