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CAIR-Florida Offers Support To Luis Blanco Reyes, Undocumented Mexican Florida Resident

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(TAMPA, FL, 1/29/2018) On Tuesday, January 30thThe Council of American Islamic Relations of Florida (CAIR-Florida) will be joining several Tampa community allies at the Circle of Witness & Protection event to accompany Luis Blanco as he checks in at the local immigration office in Tampa, Florida. CAIR-Florida strongly urges the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to reconsider the denial of Mr. Blanco Reyes' most recent application to withhold deportation. 
 
Mr. Blanco Reyes, a citizen of Mexico and decades-long resident of Plant City, Florida, has been an exemplary member of the immigrant community. His case had previously received favorable determination, and he has complied with all your instructions. He continues to deserve the utmost in latitude of discretion on humanitarian grounds - particularly considering the changed circumstances in this case.
 
WHEN: Tuesday, January 30th at 8:30 AM - 10 AM
WHERE: 5524 W Cypress St, Tampa, FL 33607-1708
 
CAIR-Florida is the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. As a civil rights organization, we stand with our immigrant brothers and sisters from different cultural and religious backgrounds, advocating for the fair and equitable application of the law and sensible and humane immigration policies for Mr. Reyes and others like him. We believe that the United States is a nation of immigrants and that families should not be torn apart. America will not be better and safer without people like Luis Blanco Reyes. He is part of our community. America will, however, be a hostile place for several American citizen children who will be losing their father - the family's sole source of income, paternal guidance, warmth, love and protection.
 
Nothing has changed since his previous approval to make these American children less in need of their father's presence. To the contrary, since Mr. Blanco Reyes' case had previously received favorable determination, the family is experiencing additional hardships.
 
If you do not find it in your hearts to review this case, these children, as well as his wife and new baby that the family is expecting later this year will be left to fend for themselves, likely leaving the oldest children with the option of dropping out of school early to help make ends meet at home or seeing their little siblings go without. This outcome is detrimental to the entire community - particularly to the US citizen children who are already displaying serious symptoms of the stress of living with the prospects of losing a loving father.
 
SEE LETTER HERE:     
 
"Leaving a family without a father does not make the community safer. To the contrary. We stand with our undocumented brothers and sisters in advocating for humane decisions and policies that fulfill the promise of this great nation", said Norma Henning, CAIR-Florida Civil Rights Attorney.
SEE: ICE to deport father, Plant City resident after 20 years in Florida
 
CAIR-Florida is the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
 
La misión de CAIR-Florida es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
 
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CONTACT:

CAIR-Florida's Civil Rights Attorney, Norma Henning, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 813.514.1414, Ext. 206
 
CAIR-Florida Legal Director Thania Clevenger, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 813.514.1414, Ext. 205
CAIR-Florida's Communications Director, Wilfredo A. Ruiz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 305.502.6749