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Grant Mark Farrales Asylum. Stop his Deportation.

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Please consider signing this petition in support of Mark Farrales. In case you need background about this story, please refer to the following LA Times article:,0,3308780.story

20 December 2010

Dear Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Barbara Boxer, Representative Brad Sherman, and Representative Bob Filner:

We, the undersigned, are petitioning your support for Mark Farrales. Some of us know Mark. We study with him. We work with him. And we collaborate with him on a daily basis. He is part of our UCSD community.

Many of us do not know Mark. Yet, some of us have an intimate connection to his story. For some, the immigrant journey for asylum or a home is ingrained in our memories. We know the fear and the hope that has pulled our families thousands of miles across national borders. We take part in a continual search, sometimes marked by joy and disappointment, discovery and loss – but always marked by hope. We live and continue to live those licit and illicit crossings. Many more of us cannot relate to Mark’s story or other stories of crossing on a personal level. Yet, we still sign this petition in solidarity. 

We see glaring contradictions in the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement's (ICE) willingness to detain and deport Mark. The desire for asylum has inspired immigrants well before our nation’s founding – their fear and their hope drove them across oceans and isthmuses. We also see the shortsightedness of the ICE's actions against Mark. We see how easily the rudiments of the case and his classification as illegal have effectively erased his story. His case file leaves out important details – the fear that drove his family to the United States as well as the accomplishments Mark has made at Belmont high school, Harvard, and as a doctoral student at UCSD. We see how easily legal red tape can defer dreams and talent. We see how easily a blind law can cast out the best and brightest from a country that is already our/their home, and how easily it can draw a line around the potential contributions that we/they continue to make in this country. 

We ask that you push for a private bill that would grant Mark Farrales asylum as well as release from detention. In a way, this private bill would cut through the red tape that threatens a principle that is near and dear to some but far off on the horizon for many more.

In hope and solidarity.


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