The numerous posts I have written throughout the years pushing for calls, petitions and support for people who would have/could have been eligible to live in the U.S. without fear, namely the DREAMers, is proof of the deception of the Obama administration.
On April 1st, it was reported that Department of Homeland Security head, Janet Napolitano said that DREAMers were not targets for immigration. Whoever believed this was fool. Recently, activist and friend, Prerna Lal received notice that she was being placed in removal proceedings.
From her website :
The Notice to Appear for a Master Hearing is for November 10, 2011, just four days short of my 12 year anniversary in this country.
(So much for Barack Obama not deporting DREAM-eligible youth or am I just too old and educated to qualify now?)
I’m the grandchild of a U.S. citizen and the daughter of legal permanent residents of the United States. The fact that I’m in removal proceedings is incomprehensible as a matter of fact and law…
… I’ll take the Notice to Appear as a compliment. It looks like I’m an important enough threat to be the target of ICE enforcement efforts. I thought DHS Secretary Napolitano was prioritizing removing so-called “criminal aliens” from the country and students like me were not the target of ICE enforcement efforts. I was wrong. Funnily, I’ve never received a speeding ticket or citation, let alone seen the inside of a police station. My only “crime” is that I turned 21 before my mother became a legal permanent resident of the United States. Unfortunately, I can’t stop aging. I’d love to know how to reverse the process. I’m sure everyone would.
But you know what’s a bigger crime? Separating a mother from her child. Separating a child from her mother based on an arbitrary age. I don’t know how my parents are supposed to survive this, considering all their hopes and dreams for the future are pinned on me, considering they came to this country only to give me a better life.
It’s also unfortunate that no court of law would hear my claim of the years of pain, anguish and trauma that I’ve faced by the simple fact that according to immigration law, my only parents are not my immediate relatives.
They are legal permanent residents now. They will be U.S. citizens soon. And they still won’t have the right to keep their youngest daughter in this country.
God Bless America.
If you can help Prerna out by donating some funds to pay for her trips to court, etc, please do so here.