You can stop my deportation
Hello, my name is Amelio Moreno Flores. I was born July 14, 1991, in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. My family and I came to the United States when I was 10 years old to escape poverty and to have a better future together. I barely remember Mexico. The United States is my only home now.
My world turned upside down the day after I turned 20. It was a rare occasion when I went out to celebrate my birthday. I was at a place that was closing down and everyone was supposed to go home, but I couldn’t leave, until I found the friend I arrived with. Police officers approached me because I had not left yet. They moved to arrest me and I tried to resist. I was nervous and confused. I didn’t understand why they had approached me. Because of this misunderstanding, I was sent to jail for resisting arrest. The county where I live has an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) 287g program, so I was put into deportation proceedings by ICE. Finally, after a long week of waiting in jail, ICE set a bond for me that would deplete all of my college savings.
My biggest fears while I was in jail were not seeing my family ever again and having to go back to a country of which I have very few memories. In detention I saw hundreds of other undocumented men having to leave their children behind. I am struggling to remain in the United States so that I can continue on with my education and support my family. I also want to raise awareness about the thousands of other people who are facing the situation as I am because of the ICE 287g and Secure Communities programs.
I love this country and I am thankful for all it has given me. I am very active in the community: I give Sunday school classes to kids, I am a leader with the youth group J.U.M.P., and I volunteer to help the homeless and the immigrant community.