Update 08/06/13: We have heard today from Balal's sister that Balal has been taken into custody for deportation again because his temporary deferment is no longer recognized. Now Balal is a father of 2 beautiful children who need him to come home. We will keep you updated on ways to help.
Update 10/31: Balal suffers from chest pains that require him to take injections for the pain. Being in detention is making him very weak, physically and emotionally, as Balal's sister, Nosheen Dean, has seen first-hand. The detention center has even put him on regular anti-depressants after more than 8 months detained. He is over 1,000 miles away from his wife and U.S. citizen family in New York, where he grew up and was the captain of his high school football team.
Balal Parveez is 22 years old and has been in the USA since he was five years old, when he was brought here by his aunt. Shortly thereafter his family followed, seeking political asylum from death threats in Pakistan, but unable to include him in the family immigration petition. His whole family are U.S. citizens now but he is still undocumented. He is currently detained at Broward Transitional Center in Florida, suffering from physical and emotional hardship.
Doctors worry for Balal's condition in detention due to sharp chest pains and a worsening depression. For over a month now, the detention center has had Balal on anti-depressants due to his troubling emotional and mental state. Balal's chest pains require that he take pain relief injections daily that leave him very weak throughout the day.
Announcements by the Obama administration state that Secretary of DHS Janet Napolitano plans on reviewing pending immigration removal cases to focus resources on violent criminals. There is also a Prosecutorial Discretion Memorandum, by Director John Morton recommending favorable discretion to those who were brought to this country as young children, have been educated here, have close ties to the community, are no harm to society,and have immediate family that is U.S. citizen etc.
Balal Parveez falls under ALL of these criteria and more yet he has STILL spent over 8 MONTHS DETAINED!
Deporting Balal back to a foreign country, where he has no family, is cruel and dangerous for him. Balal has lived in America his whole life, and this is his home.
Please take action by signing the petition and then calling these numbers to help Balal stay in the US and come home.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement: 1-202-732-6161
Assistant Field Office Director David Bradley: (954) 545-6031
Chuck Schumers NYC office: 212-486-4430
Congressman Tim Bishop NY: 631- 289-6500
TELL THEM: Balal Parveez, A# 073-531-098, is a DREAM Act-eligible youth facing severe physical and mental hardship in Broward Transitional Center for immigrant detainees. We want him released to his family and community that love him.