UPDATE 7/11: Success: Thanks to all of your efforts, Alberto has not been deported! He has been granted a 1-year "stay of deportation" to remain in the U.S. with his family. Still, the fight is not over. His mother is still at risk, and we must keep up the momentum to make sure that she is not deported! Please sign the petition to protect Alberto's family and spread the word.
The latest Washington DREAMer to be caught In the ICE deportation web is Alberto Yañez of Elma, Washington. Alberto has lived in the United States since he was 1 ½ years old. He moved from Los Angeles to Washington when he was 17 and is now 24 years old.
His student background is exemplary. His goal is to become a Pharmacy Technician.
When in 3rd grade he was placed in the gifted program. In high school he took college courses and was also award a scholarship for a summer course at UCLA after his freshman year in high school.
His family moved to the state of Washington for his senior year where he immediately enrolled in Running Start allowing him to complete his AA degree from South Puget Sound Community College six months after graduating from high school. He enrolled in Evergreen State College, where he was able to complete 5 quarters. He was working full time at the same time.
At this point he needed to withdraw due to lack of money and the need to support his family. He started his own business to allow the flexibility necessary for a return to college to complete his degree and to meet the requirements necessary for his chosen career, that of Pharmacy Technician. He is now studying at Clover Park Technical College to get his Pharmacy Technician credentials. In spite of all his family responsibilities and working two jobs, he got 3 A’s and one B in his first quarter in this program.
He is the father to three US citizen children, ages 4, 19 months, and 5 weeks. He also has 2 US citizen brothers.
On November 16, 2010 everything changed when he was detained by ICE at his home then spent approximately 30 days in the Tacoma Detention Center. His next scheduled hearing date with ICE is July 7th, when he could be deported.
On June 17th, John Morton released an ICE memo detailing people who should be considered low priority for ICE deportation. In this he specifically stated the following three that directly pertain to Alberto’s situation –
• the circumstances of the person's arrival in the United States and the manner of his or her entry, particularly if the alien came to the United States as a young child;
• the person's pursuit of education in the United States, with particular consideration given to those who have graduated from a U.S. high school or have successfully
pursued or are pursuing a college or advanced degrees at a legitimate institution of higher education in the United States
• whether the person or the person’s spouse is pregnant or nursing
Other points in this memo are also pertinent, but these three above are the main points.
Clearly, Alberto should be given deferred action.