Filipino American Dream Act Student Facing Immediate Deportation

JB, a Filipino Dream Act student came here lawfully with his family from the Philippines when he was fifteen years old. JB is 31 now. In those sixteen years since his arrival in this country one could not differentiate his life compared to anyone else living here. On November 12 JB is set to be deported back to the Phillipines.

Welcome to America, the land of opportunity, the land where dreams come true. The allure of this country can be so enticing that people are often blinded of the reality. A reality where one can display the epitome of a good citizen, but still end up being betrayed. This is the reality of Jose Librojo, or JB as he is affectionately called. JB
came here lawfully with his family from the Philippines when he was fifteen years old. JB is 31 now. In those sixteen years since his arrival in this country one could not differentiate his life compared to anyone else living here.

After graduating from high school in Daly city, JB  received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from San Francisco State University, and has been working as a Registered Dental Assistant and Dental Lab X-Ray Technician. Along with everything that he has done, he has been paying taxes regularly and he also has no criminal record whatsoever. JB has displayed what it means to be a model citizen; however, he runs the
threat of being deported on November 12 by ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. JB was also approved for an I-140 immigrant visa, which would allow him to change his citizenship status, but his case is refused to be reopened. He is also married to a legal permanent resident, eligible for citizenship this month. JB is also Dream Act eligible. JB does not have the requirements to be named top priority for deportation. With all of this, there has been a call for justice by the community.

On the evening of November 8, 2011, the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) held a press conference in the Filipino Youth Coalition Office at Welch Park, San Jose, California. Present were people from the community, the media, panelists, and JB. The panel, along with JB, consisted of: Rodrigo Ruiz (Student Advocates for Higher Education), Aurora David (NAFCON), Sara Gonzales (Filipino Youth Coalition Director), and Father John Pedigo (Justice for Immigrants).

 People packed into a small room, all eager and willing to show their support for JB. One of the first things he said was, “I love this country".

" I want to be here. I pay taxes, I have a job, I have graduated. (To other immigrants) Continue to strive, study, don't give up, continue to fight, dream on. Without my friends I might have given up already. They are my backbone. Social media has also played a big role. It has played a big role in getting the word out and also support through FaceBook and Twitter. My priest initiated writing letters and telling people to write letters. There will also be a candle light vigil outside 1 Post St, San Francisco; outside Senator Feinstein's office at 5:30 to 7:00. The website is helpjb.org, you can sign the online
petition, and there is also information for vigil. I don't want to look at losses. It's hard to sleep. I have to think about Plan A and Plan B. I have to ask youth to come and support the vigil and urge friends to support. Use social media: Twitter and Face Book. There are
probably youth out there like me, hopefully this can encourage them."

He described his gratefulness for living in the United States and the fact that he was incredibly fortunate. JB called for justice for all 12 million immigrants and also for comprehensive immigration reform, stressing that immigrants are part of the 99 percent who suffer from the acts of the one percent. Permanent residency is his goal but ICE won't let him, and with the help of the people he is trying to appeal for his case to be re-opened. Humbly, he hopes that he can set an example for other immigrants stating, “Fight back and don't give up hope.” JB concludes saying that President Obama should be held accountable for a flawed immigration system and that he should be placed on low priority for deportation.

On November 12 JB is set to be deported back to the Phillipines,  we can only hope now that it does not end a dream. A dream hopeful of success and happiness. A dream that many of us share. JB's deportation date is only a few days away. Last year, nearly 400,000 immigrants were deported. Many good folks like JB, who looked to make a positive impact in our society were turned away. Many hopeful dreams turned away, unable to reach their full potential.

This article is part of the category: Immigration 
This article is part of the tags: Deportation  / Dream Act  / Earvin Villaflor  / Filipino  / Filipino Youth Coalition  / ICE  / JB  / Jose Librojo  / San Jose 

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