Today, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson reversed her discriminatory policy that denied Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients their right to a driver license. This is a tremendous victory for our community and our allies.
After 3-Months in Jail Undocumented Ivan Nikolov, 22, to be Released on Monday
Local advocates delay deportation of local DREAM student
Today – Detroit Michigan, after a long fight with Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) Ivan Nikolov is set to be released on Monday morning.
Late in the afternoon Ivan’s family received word that ICE had moved Ivan to local jail in Dearborn; initially they were fearful as it is the same jail that Ivan’s mom was deported from two weeks prior. However their family soon learned that Ivan was actually sent to be released on Monday.
One Michigan, a youth led, grassroots organizing group, would like to invite you to our first ever movie screening of “Papers” that is to be held on August 25th at 6pm at the COMPAS Center 8701 W. Vernor, Detroit Mi 48209.
Papers is a documentary portraying the real lives of undocumented youth forced to put their lives, education, and DREAMs on hold because they lack legal status. These students live everyday wondering what the future holds, they are being punished over a decision their parents took for them years ago. They live without the promise of a better life, without the chance of ever receiving the college education they have worked for their whole lives, and with an empty vision of the American dream.
But for the first time students, just like members of One Michigan, are standing up and saying enough is enough. “We are tired of living in fear, tired of being left out, tired of having to put our lives on hold”.
Papers is a real life documentary of the risky decision to step out of the shadows and speak up for what is right. The documentary reveals the real courage it takes for these young adults to declare their illegal status even though this means risking deportation.
After the screening One Michigan members will share their stories and struggles and show the community how fear no longer holds them down.
There is a Michigan DREAMer that needs our help. He is currently being held in jail and was supposed to be deported on Monday. Thankfully we were able to buy some time, but no more than a week so we need everyone to take action now.
Ivan Nikolov came to the United States with his mother from Russia when he was only eleven years old. His mother married a U.S. citizen and they’ve been living in Michigan together as a family for the last ten years.
On the morning of May 5th, Ivan’s home was raided by ICE. Both he and his mother were arrested. Ivan’s mother was deported on Friday, August 6th and Ivan will be deported any day now—all because he missed a court date when he was 12 years old.
Take Action Now:
Six phone calls to stop Ivan’s deportation: 1. Call Senator Levin at 202-224-6221 & 313-226-6020
2. Call Senator Stabenow at 202-224-4822 & 517-203-1760
3. Call Rep. Sander Levin at 202-225-4961
Call-in Script: “I am calling to ask that you immediately contact DHS and ask them to use their discretion in not deporting Ivan (A#78-251-095). Please do this by both having the member call DHS directly and also by writing a letter on behalf of Ivan. Thank you.”
4. Call Janet Napolitano (secretary of homeland security) at 202-282-8495
5. Call John Morton (assistant secretary to ICE) at 202-732-3000
Call –in Script: “I am calling to ask that ICE use its discretion and not deport Ivan (A#78-251-095). Ivan has been living in the United States since he was 11; he is being punished for missing a court date when he was 12 years old. Ivan has a fiancée of three years and would qualify for the DREAM Act, a bill that would let him fix his status. Don’t deport Ivan. Thank you.”
6. Ask 5 friends to take the same action!
Done calling all of the numbers? Asked 5 friends to call? Great, wait a few hours and call again!