Letter to the Editor:MIT Rally to Stop Francisco’s Deportation

Dear Billy and Somerville News Weekly Speak Up Line,

Could you please give us a little press coverage on this?

This coming Tuesday July 11th at M.I.T. A rally is scheduled at 12:00 Noon on Immigration for this employee “Stop Francisco’s Deportation…
Media Outlets, Congressman Mike Capuano, Police Chief John Defavra and the SEIU along with Students are Trying to Get Us involved.
To:Field Office Director C.M. Cronen, Community Relations Officer Alexia Koplewski & Immigration Officer Gary Roltsch

Stop Francisco’s Deportation!



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Riahl O’Malley
Please grant Mr. Francisco Rodriguez Guardado a Stay of Removal. Mr. Rodriguez is a father of two U.S. citizen children. He and his wife have a baby on the way, and their family are beloved members of the community of Chelsea.
Why is this important?
Mr. Rodriguez has lived in the U.S. since 2006. He has lived in the greater Boston area for 10 years, specifically in Chelsea for the last 6 years. He is the father of two American citizen children, 10-year-old Mellanie and a 5-year-old Jessica, and a baby on the way. For the past five years, he has been a janitor at MIT. In addition, he runs his own carpet cleaning company. He is a member of his children’s school parent committee, of the community organization Chelsea Collaborative, of the Church Tabernaculo biblico seguidores de Jesus, and a union member of 32BJ SEIU (Service Employees International Union) at MIT. Mr. Rodriguez has no criminal record, pays his taxes, and contributes to his community, church, children’s school and workplace.
When Mr. Rodriguez arrived to the country, he applied for asylum in 2007. He was denied asylum in December of 2009, and his appeal was denied in July of 2011. He was later granted prosecutorial discretion and has received a Stay of Removal every year since that time. However this past month, when Francisco applied for a Stay, it was denied. If ICE grants Mr. Rodriguez a Stay of Removal, he can continue to work, take care of his family, and contribute to our community. In addition, next year Mr. Rodriguez’s mother, who is a legal permanent resident, will become a citizen. Soon afterwards, a pathway to residency will open for Francisco when his mother files a petition on his behalf.
We ask that you grant Mr. Rodriguez a Stay of Removal so that he can take care of his family, particularly his U.S. citizen young children and elderly legal permanent resident mother, while he waits for his pathway to residency and citizenship to open. For as long as Francisco remains in the United States, I am certain he will continue to be an exceptional member of our community.

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