At a rally attended by over a hundred people outside the Varick Street Immigrant Detention Center, eight clergy and two community leaders were arrested after stopping traffic for a half hour to prevent vans from transporting new immigrant detainees to the center. The participants called for the release of detained immigrant rights leader, and father of four US-born children, Jean Montrevil. They also demanded reform of draconian immigration laws that cause separation of families.
YOU CAN JOIN JEAN'S FAMILY AND COMMUNITY IN THIS EFFORT!
Sign the petition to:
(1) FREE JEAN NOW! Bring him back to his family in Brooklyn, NY
(2) Stand in solidarity with hunger strikers in Miami (FL), York Co. (PA) and many others around the country (www.fastforourfamilies.org)
(3) Endorse the Child Citizen Protection Act (HR 182)
(4) Support immigration reform that keeps families together and maintains the human dignity of all immigrant families
I'm writing to you today to show my support of Jean Montrevil and his US citizen wife and four US citizen children. Mr. Montrevil is a highly respected immigrant community leader. He is a national spokesperson for the Child Citizen Protection Act (HR 182), a House proposal introduced by Rep. Jose Serrano that would bring due process into the deportation system by allowing immigration judges to consider the best interests of American children before deporting a parent. The proposal is part of Rep. Luis Gutierrez’s recently-introduced bill, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act (H.R. 4321).
Mr. Montrevil entered the US from Haiti in 1986 as a legal permanent resident. The Department of Homeland Security is trying to de-legalize him for a 1989 drug conviction, for which he served 11 years. He has kept an exemplary record ever since.
Recently, at a rally attended by over a hundred people outside the Varick Street Detention Center in New York City, many elected officials contributed powerful and sympathetic statements in support of due consideration of Mr. Montrevil's case. The participants called for the release of this detained immigrant rights leader and father of four US-born children. They also demanded reform of draconian immigration laws that continue to separate families.
As your constituent, I urge you to take action on this case. I ask that you ensure Mr. Montrevil's safe return to his family in Brooklyn by pressing Immigration & Customs Enforcement to release Mr. Montrevil from detention and grant him deferred action. Further, I request your wholehearted endorsement of legislation similar to the Child Citizen Protection Act (HR 182) combined with immigration reform that keeps families together and maintains the human dignity of all immigrant families.
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