Petition update

Immigration Key to Obama's Poll Hopes

Gabriela Garcia
Miami, FL

Nov 14, 2011 — Seventeen years after fleeing to the US to escape civil war in Guatemala, Rudolfo Mendez is fighting to avoid being deported from his home in North Carolina.

Although granted a work permit and Social Security number on arrival in 1994, his asylum application was denied after he missed a court hearing, and in 1997 Mr Mendez was issued with a deportation order. “When the order was handed to me, I thought about going back to Guatemala but the situation was still dangerous,” he said. Now the 35-year-old hopes to qualify for an exemption that will allow him to remain in the US, a hope he shares with 300,000 other people whose pending deportation cases will soon...