Mario Perez, a 22-year-old mathematics and statistics major, is a senior at Stephen F. Austin (SFA) State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was brought from Mexico when he was five years old, but didn't find out he was undocumented until he began applying for college.
He is now awaiting a deportation hearing in March after a traffic stop for rolling through a stop sign near campus and some unpaid traffic tickets got him arrested and turned into ICE. Mario is a member of the nation's oldest black Greek-letter fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha, whose local lota Mu chapter is using their alumni network to fight to keep their undocumented Hispanic brother home where he belongs.
Mario may not be a U.S. citizen, but he only understands the American way of life and he needs as much help as he can get. Stand with Alpha Phi Alpha to keep Mario Perez home by signing and sharing his petition today.
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Mario is not a criminal, and he may not be a U.S. citizen, but he only understands the American way of life. If deported, Mario Perez would be expected to survive on his own in Mexico where he knows no one. Mario Perez's next step was to attend graduate school at the University of Houston, yet now because of an undemocratic rule that prevented the DREAM Act's passage, even though a majority in the Senate voted in favor, Mario Perez may not even be able to get his Bachelor's degree.
President Barack Obama, who supports the Dream Act, is calling on young people to act with a sense of urgency to study and work, and this is exactly what Mario Perez is doing. People like Mario are an asset to our country and we need him. I ask you to do the right thing and allow Mario Perez to stay home and continue his education. Please save your resources to deport criminals and not students.
Thank you for considering my request,