Andrea Rua and her father, Marco Antonio Rua, have been living in the United States for 15 years with their family, Andrea's mother Liliana Rua and 9-year-old brother Renzo Rua. Because of faulty legal advice, Andrea and Mr. Rua have recently been asked to leave the country by mid-December and leave their family behind.
A campaign started by residents of the 204 units at the condominium in North Bethesna, Maryland, where Marco Antonio Rua is a loved and indispensable chief engineer, has brought media attention to the injustice and secured the support of Ben Sen. Cardin and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who have sent a letter to DHS requesting a deferred action on their deportation. Read full story >>
1. SIGN the email petition below.
2. CALL & Leave a Message (2 Mins.) @DHS Public Comment Line 202.282.8495
NOTE: This is a voicemail line. You will not have to speak to anyone but only leave a message. This is a direct line, which means you will not have to go through many line transfers to get to the right place.
"Use the *CALL SCRIPT / Pre-read before calling"
"Hi, I am calling to ask that you defer the removal of student Andrea Rua and her father Marco Antonio Rua. Andrea is a hard-working student and her father Marco Antonio is a loved and indispensable handyman. They are both an asset to Maryland and the United States."
3. FORWARD this petition by e-mail and share it through social media.
Photo Credit: Rua's Facebook Support Page
Marco Antonio Rua's wife, Liliana Rua, recently gained permanent residency, opening new legal options for Mr. Rua to adjust his status if allowed to stay. Andrea Rua has already met the qualifications for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (“DREAM Act”), which enjoys wide bipartisan support from both house in Congress and is expected to be called for a vote sometime in the next month.
For Mr. Rua and his daughter to have to leave the United States would be devastating to them, their family, and their community. Mr. Rua is a loved and indispensable chief engineer who has saved the 204 residents at a condominium in North Bethesda thousands in repairs. Andrea Rua is a full scholarship student at Montgomery College who dreams of becoming a dentist and joining the organization "Operation Smile" to help provide free surgeries for children born with cleft lips or cleft palates.
Deferred action has long been available to ICE to remedy unduly harsh results caused by
strict enforcement of the immigration laws. It vests the Field Office Director with the power to not
seek the removal of removable aliens. A grant of deferred action to Mr. Rua and his daughter would allow them to adjust their status and stay with their family and in a country that has become their home.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.