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by April 23, 2013
At the young age of 12 my brother David along with his family moved to the United States in search for a better life and brighter future. His family arrived with a Visa Waiver Program. At 12 years old, most of us don't have much of a say when our parents decide what to do and where to go, and most of the times explanations aren't given.
The years went by and my brother enlisted in school along with his other siblings. Like any other teenager he enjoyed living in the US. He adopted easily into the American culture and society. He was well known locally by both the city where he resided and by the local school district. Helping and aiding teachers in translation services, David greatly assisted his community anyway he could.
English was easy for him to learn and as a result he achieved good grades and had high prospects in going to college and starting a career. Upon graduating with a South Carolina gold seal diploma he began his search for college attendance with a two-year college scholarship under his belt.
That's where the problem and injustice began. College admission was denied multiple times because he was lacking legal status. This ''American Dream'' suddenly came to an end when renewing his passport at the age of 18, he was stopped by an ICE agent at a bus station in the state of Florida. With no criminal record, this hard-working student was detained in the Clay County Jail for 22 days and later in the Orange County Jail for one night before being deported back to Uruguay via Miami.
When my brother arrived in Uruguay, Interpol was waiting. They interviewed him and told him that since he entered the US as a minor without a criminal record, US Immigration had violated his rights. Even though my brother supposedly broke the law, it just takes a little bit of common sense to take into account that he could not deny his entrance nor could he leave by himself before he would be considered an illegal resident. If there is anyone to blame here it would be the adults who make those decisions to overstay.
Many minors who came under the same circumstances are involved in criminal activities involving drugs, burglary and theft. My brother, however, not only has no criminal record but has the aspiration to succeed. He not given a single chance, when others who are real threats to society are given multiple chances. Now a 25-year-old man, all he wants more is to be re-united in the US with his brother, an American citizen residing in Massachusetts, and his other sister and his father.
His vision of becoming a contributing citizen of this country was ripped from his hands, crushed into his face and thrown into the garbage. When will these unjust deportations end? These cases happen daily. We must stop them, and at the same time proceed with deporting the real criminals.
Sign my petition and raise awareness so my brother David can enter the US. It's the just and fair thing to do.
If there is anyone out there who could help me in any way , with useful information, or guide me in which direction to move forward with this I would greatly appreciate it.
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