Shamir is a Florida DREAM Act-eligible student and member of Students Working for Equal Rights, who is curently detained in Broward Transitional Center since last week and is facing deportation right now.
Originally from Bangladesh, Shamir came to this country with his mom when he was only 7 years old. Shamir’s mother was deported three years ago after being involved in a car accident of which she was the victim, and since then he was forced to take care of himself. He was able to study for more than 1 year at the Palm Beach State College, but he had to quit to be able to make a living.
Last Wednesday, Shamir was picked up by immigration at a workplace raid. His situation is dire because of an old deportation order that became active when his mom’s asylum petition was denied.
Another broken promise by Obama’s Administration
As a DREAM Act-eligible student who has no criminal record, FLIC and SWER requested that ICE execute prosecutorial discretion and release him. Not surprisingly, but certainly outrageous, Marc Moore, Director of ICE’s Field Office in Miami denied our request to allow Shamir to stay in the U.S.
Moore’s action goes against President Obama’s promise to stop the deportation of DREAM Act-eligible youth. This is a slap in the face to all immigrants throughout the country, including Latinos.
We need your help!
Join us on Tuesday for a protest at Broward Transitional Center in Pompano Beach. Families and other FLIC members will hold a protest and press conference to ask for Shamir’s release and to share the stories of other detainees who, like Shamir, haven’t been granted prosecutorial discretion as Obama promised. Many have been detained for weeks and months, with no other reason than to feed the for-profit prison business.
Check out all the details for tomorrow’s action in Facebook. Other 8 cities throughout the country are joining this as a National Day of action called “Another Broken Promise. We Are All Shamir”.