Dear fellow MoveOn member,
Jorge Garcia—a Michigan man who had lived in the U.S. for 30 years since he was 10 years old—has a story like so many immigrant stories: one filled with hard work, strong ties to his community, and love for his family. He has cooperated with the government, paid taxes, and has no criminal record.
Yet, another tragic story is unfolding. On Martin Luther King Day, ICE agents escorted Jorge onto a plane bound for a country he barely knows, away from his wife and two children—who are all U.S. citizens.1
We have been hearing stories like Jorge's over and over again.
This must stop. When immigrants arrive as children, attend our schools, and grow up as Americans, they should be allowed, when adults, to make the decision to stay or return. It should be their choice! This is a humanitarian issue.
Last week, a group of senators reached a bipartisan deal to pass the Dream Act, which may have protected Jorge from deportation. But Donald Trump rejected that deal, pushing our government closer to a shutdown as our members of Congress are forced to decide if they will fall in line with Trump's racist policies or support for immigrant youth.2
It's more important than ever that we speak up and demand that Congress keep families together and pass a clean Dream Act now.
1. "After 30 years in U.S., Michigan dad deported to Mexico," Detroit Free Press, January 16, 2017
2. "House Republicans mull funding extension; 'Dreamer' deal not set," Reuters, January 17, 2017
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