Petition to USCIS to release Kenyan single mum held in detention for 3 months
The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights is launching an appeal to the United States Customs and Immigration Services for the release of a Kenyan mum whom they say has been detained by the agency for 3 months.
Michelle Wanjiku Ndirangu, 27, a single mother of a nine year old U.S. citizen has lived in the United States for 15 years. Michelle has been in an immigration detention center for three months. Michelle is the sole provider to her family. She is one of those immigrants that are classified as low priority for deportation but this however has not prevented her detention in preparation for deportation.
Michelle’s daughter is currently in fourth grade, and ever since her mother was detained her grades have suffered terribly. The trauma of being separated for five months has caused her daughter a lot of trauma, and because of this she is currently going to counseling.
Wanjiku has lived in the US since she was 12 years old and is one of those cases that would be considered eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which calls for deferred action for certain undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children and have pursued education or military service here.
The program began on August 15, 2012.
The Alliance is appealing to those who are capable of signing the petition to seek her release to do so. They have provided a template of the letter and they just need your signature and then the signatures will be compiled and sent to Mr John Sandweg, the acting Director, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. So far the petition has garnered 250 signatures.
Here is the petition which you can sign:
John Sandweg, Acting Director, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Andrew Lorenz-Strait, National ICE Public Advocate, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
I am writing in support of Ms. Michelle Wanjiku Ndirangu (A#087-458-710), a single mother of a nine year old U.S. citizen daughter, fighting her removal from the United States. Ms. Wanjiku Ndirangu was placed in detention. Ms. Wanjiku Ndirangu is now facing deportation, despite being an asset to the community and a mother of one United States citizen child, who is a minor that is 9 years old. I urge you to please use prosecutorial discretion to stop her deportation, and allow Ms. Wanjiku Ndirangu to remain in the United States.
Ms. Wanjiku Ndirangu has lived in the United States since 1998, she was 12 years old when she came into the country. Her mother brought her to the U.S. so that she would not have to go through female circumcision. Michelle attended Wheeler High School, she played basketball, was the manager for the boys basketball team, part of the Gospel choir, she tutored ESL students at Brumby Elementary School on Saturdays; she graduated in 2004. She was also a volunteer at Kenyan American Community Church, and was also a youth chaperone. Michelle was unable to go on to higher education because of the high cost of going to school in Georgia. Michelle is not a threat to society.
Ms. Wanjiku Ndirangu has one United States citizen child, who is 9 years old. Michelle’s daughter is currently in fourth grade, and ever since her mother was detained her grades have suffered terribly. The trauma of being separated for five months has caused her daughter a lot of trauma, and because of this she is currently going to counseling.
Ms. Wanjiku Ndirangu is a good person; she is DACA eligible and has sent in her application, she is now waiting on a decision. Georgia is Michelle’s home and should be allowed to stay here, she should not be in detention, and her daughter needs her.
According to the memo issued by John Morton, Michelle is not a priority for deportation. She has been in the United States for approximately 15 years, has a 9 year old U.S. Citizen daughter. Michelle is an active member of her community and does not pose a threat to the U.S. I urge you to release Ms. Michelle Wanjiku Ndirangu (A#087-458-710) from Irwin County Detention Center immediately.