Saturday, April 16, 2011

The U.S. Will Tolerate No Dissent

Prerna Lal is a immigration activist who the U.S. Government is trying to deport for the crime of being an effective advocate. Below I am reporting her blog entry on this travesty of justice.

My name is Prerna Lal. You may know me as one of the founders of DreamActivist or from the Immigrant Rights blog at where I have worked for the past two years to stop the deportations of several members of our community. I serve a board member for Immigration Equality and I was the recipient of a Changemaker Award at the South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) summit this year. I am writing to you because I am currently sitting for my first-year law school exams at The George Washington University, and already, I'm facing the trial of my life. The United States government has decided to prosecute and deport me away from my family, friends and community. They sent me a notice to appear for removal proceedings last week.

I just paid $800 to the State of California in business taxes. And I'm expected to appear in an Immigration Court in San Francisco for this trial. That is some heavy taxation without representation. To make matters more complicated, my entire family is American and they have done nothing to deserve this treatment.

My grandparents were U.S. citizens. My legal resident parents brought me here when I was a minor. I grew up in this country. This is my home.

It make no sense for the government to spend thousands of dollars and several years in litigation to remove me from my home. In response to this atrocity, my friends have created a petition to top immigration officials to stop this ridiculous prosecution.

Our goal is to reach 5,000 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here:

Your support is invaluable to me. Please sign, facebook, tweet and reblog the petition so that I can keep my family together and continue making worthwhile contributions to this country

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