Stop Luis Guerra's Deportation
Luis is a 24 year old, hardworking college student who has lived in the United States nearly all of his life. He is a law abiding, contributing member of our community, yet ICE is continuing to pursue his deportation, and not allow him to remain with his family here in the United States.
Luis came to the United States when he was just nine years old, to join his mother and escape the violence in his native Mexico. He eventually obtained his GED and is currently working towards a degree in graphic design at a community college. He also works full-time for a delivery company to help support his family, which includes his mother, step-father and two, younger United States citizen step-siblings.
Luis has never been convicted of a crime. At age 18, Luis was wrongfully arrested and spent more than one year incarcerated at Rikers Island before all of the charges against him were dismissed. As a result of that arrest, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began a deportation case against Luis, even though he was not convicted of any crime. Since then, Luis has been fighting against his deportation.
The Obama administration has directed local ICE officers to exercise discretion and not deport individuals like Luis. However, ICE has failed to exercise discretion for Luis and they are continuing to advocate for his deportation.
Additionally, last summer the Obama administration announced a program to defer the deportation of persons who arrived in the United States as children and have obtained a certain level of education (DACA). Luis meets all of the requirements for DACA, yet his application was denied.
Luis and his family desperately want him to remain in the United States, the only country that he considers home. Please sign this petition asking ICE to follow their own directives and not deport Luis.