Monday, June 09, 2014

My friend, Jose, needs relief

[CitySquare's "Urban Engagement Cinema" will present a free, private screening of the film, "DOCUMENTED" on Thursday, June 26 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the Angelika Film Center & CafĂ© (5321 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 230 in Dallas.  Below is a note from our good friend and partner in justice, Liz Cedillo-Pereira, an attorney practicing immigration and nationality law in the Dallas area.  Very instructive of the real problems facing our dear friends from south of our border here in Texas.  To read more about Jose's case, use the search tool on this page by typing in Jose or Monica and Jose.]

Thank you for showing Documented in Dallas on June 26, 2014.  I’d like to ask that you include two special people as  part of the screening. Frankly, Jose is the reason I have been so committed to the  plight of DREAMers.

As Keilah, Gerald and Larry know,  I have a client named Jose Ibarra (who is copied herein with his wife, Mayra).  Jose  is a  DREAMer who was deported in 2011 (before DACA announcement) for no offense other than being without status. 

He is married to a lovely young woman, Mayra, who is a United States citizen.  She has been delaying college and working full-time to help her mother and survive as a young married woman. 

We are working on bringing Jose back as a lawful permanent resident. 

Now, we have received a request for additional evidence because US CIS states we have not shown sufficient evidence to establish that Mayra is suffering “extreme and unusual” hardship without her husband. 

Their story is one that needs to be told because what they are experiencing amounts to cruel treatment.  Many couples seeking these waivers have children; they do not.  But all they have really is one another. 

He’s been alienated from his wife and family and community for 2.5 years in San Luis Potosi.  He has been beaten by local thugs because he does not look like everyone else.  His wife has to pay $650 for an airline ticket to see him or ride a bus for 16  hours. It’s a scenario that is unsafe for both of them. 

I have been representing Jose since he was placed in removal proceeding for attending his high school senior "skip day" in 2008 – he and his cousin, Monica, were referred to me by Larry James. 

For the upcoming screening of Documented, do you think we can Skype Jose in and have Mayra present as part of the panel?  Their story is much more powerful than anything I can add.

At a recent conference for Grantmakers Concerned for Immigrants and Refugees, I met Theo Rigby, Director of Immigrant Nation (copied herein) who had a showing of his riveting film, The Mayor.  Perhaps, Theo and/or Thorne would be interested in telling Jose and Mayra’s story and Dianne Solis with Dallas Morning News.    

Here is Thorne’s film related to DREAMers.

 All the best, 




1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Obama is flooding the country with refugees--we need relief! He is doing nothing to stop this.