Alfonso’s Dream Deferred
Stephanie, a former intern with our Heal the Streets program, just had one of the worst weeks of her life. Her fiance and father of her 14-month-old baby, Alfonso, got picked up and locked away by ICE depite his status as a DREAMer.
Alfonso was abandoned by his parents in Mexico. His grandmother brought him to the United States when he was only four years old. Twenty years later, Alfonso stepped out of his apartment at 6 AM to go to work. But ICE took him and dumped him in detention instead.
Now Stephanie is struggling to support herself and her baby while fighting to get her fiance released. Alfonso is the sole financial provider for Stephanie and their baby. He is also a dedicated father and loving partner. Alfonso works as a landscaper in order to provide a better life for his family. His lifetime calling is to become a Registered Nurse and help heal his community. In fact, he has a track record of working with elderly and disabled people since the age of sixteen. He DREAMs of finishing college and dedicate his life to provide for his family and care for those people who are most in need.
Instead, Alfonso is locked up far from his family. The detention center even refuses to let his family provide him with shoes.
President Obama has stated that, as of June 15, DREAM Act youth will no longer be detained or deported. Alfonso was detained one month after the announcement was made and has yet to be released. Alfonso should be released immediately and be given deferred action, as he qualifies for the DREAM Act.
Alfonso’s only wish is to be reunited with his family and continue with his education. Stephanie and her family are distraught by his incarceration and his 14-month old baby misses him terribly. Call on ICE to release Alfonso, reunite his family, allowing him to apply for Obama’s DREAM deferred action, and fulfill his dream of attending college.
After taking action, please also consider contributing financially to the effort to free Alfonso.