#HereToStay Alert: 22 year-old detained after speaking out!
ICE agents detained 22-year-old Dany Vargas just hours after she courageously spoke about her fear of deportation at a press conference in Mississippi. She was afraid because two weeks ago, ICE officers raided her home and detained both her brother and father while she hid terrified in her closet for four hours.
DACA (Deferred action for childhood arrivals) is a program that provides young undocumented immigrants a work permit and protects them from deportation. Trump said multiple times that people like Dany had nothing to fear and Speaker Paul Ryan looked DACA beneficiary Angelica Villalobos in the eye and said the same.
Dany, who is DACA beneficiary, should have been safe, but immigration agents stopped the car she was in and said, "You know who we are, you know what we're here for.”
Dany must be given her freedom, now. Sign the petition to #FreeDany.
If we get enough people to show support for Dany by signing this petition, we can apply the necessary pressure on Secretary Kelly, the head of DHS, who has the power to release her and protect the DACA program once and for all!
Dany came to the U.S. when she was 7 years old and was a beneficiary of the DACA program. She is a manager at a small store and dreams of becoming a math teacher.
Like many beneficiaries of the DACA program, paying the nearly $500 in fees every two years was hard, and her DACA status expired. However, she saved up, got the money together and her renewal application is now in the approval process. But because of this technicality, ICE tracked her down and put her into the deportation pipeline.
DACA should have protected Dany from deportation - and no one should be punished for being a low-income worker.
Sign this petition now!
--Greisa and the rest of the United We Dream (UWD) team
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