Garden Grove, CA 11/16/11
Greetings, my name is Victor Escobar and I am a ‘DREAMer’.
I have lived in the US since age 13, I am now 24. I have gone to Junior High, High School, Junior College, and College. I graduated with a 3.5 GPA in Pre-Law from Chico State University in 2009. My goal was to attend law school after graduation but was prevented due to my legal status.
I was brought to the U.S. before I was old enough to decide for myself.
I have been active in my community attending church functions, doing community service, and assisting the local Western Service Workers Association with member’s legal claims.
My deportation proceedings began by getting pulled over the week of my graduation for speeding and lasted two years which have been a constant test of my faith full of emotional highs and lows. The latest low being the failed passage of the Dream Act in December 2010, after this I thought all hope was lost.
However, eight months and a miracle later. With my ticket in one hand and my luggage in the other, five hours before boarding my plane to leave the country, I received a call from an activist saying I could qualify for a deferred action. A day after, I received notice of President Obama’s new deportation guidelines which would help me stay. This has been a real testament of faith in action, and reinforces my call in helping others and myself, through advocacy for the passage of the Dream Act, Immigration Reform, and a better brighter future for the nation I call my home, the United States of America.
I am certain God gave me a sign at the last minute, and another one a day after to reinforce my calling. With a voluntary departure, I need a deferred action to stay and contest this unfair proceeding. I want to be a contributor to the future strength of this amazing nation, please, I need your help!
Sign and share the petition in support of #1of11million.
Congress has failed to act on immigration reform. Now, while President Obama weighs executive action, eleven undocumented Americans have stepped forward, risking deportation, to proactively apply for deferred action--entry into a legal program that could prevent them from being ripped from their families and communities. The #1of11Million campaign is led by Define American in partnership with the National Immigration Law Center.
In telling these eleven individual stories, we are highlighting the complexities of the immigration system and bringing attention the 11.7 million undocumented Americans that reside in the US and are a valuable part of our communities.
Send a clear message to the President and to the media. Stand with these 11 brave undocumented Americans, and the 11 Million they represent by signing the petition.