Luis Guerra is a 23 year old college student living in our district who has been fighting deportation to Mexico for several years now. Luis maintains above a 3.5 GPA at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) and works five days a week to help support his mother and U.S. citizen step-siblings, but because of a wrongful arrest for a crime he did not commit, he has been placed in removal proceedings. Please take a moment to sign this petition calling on the Chief Counsel of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to exercise discretion and not deport Luis.
Luis was brought to the United States at the age of nine, after several of his family members died or disappeared due to the violence in Mexico. Luis has never left the United States since his arrival, and is eligible to benefit under the DREAM Act when Congress finally acts on this critical legislation. At age 18, Luis was wrongfully arrested by the NYPD. After more than a year of incarceration, the charges against Luis were dismissed.
Since then, Luis has become a leading advocate for the law Melissa recently sponsored in the City Council that will protect individuals from unjust deportations when they are arrested but not convicted of a crime. He spoke at two hearings on the matter and his personal story was instrumental in moving the legislation forward.
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.