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Change.org Immigration Blogger Placed in Removal Proceedings


Imagine 2050 Staff • Apr 23, 2011

Gratefully cross-posted from Change.org.

by Prerna Lal

Last year during my first round of law school final exams, Congress was getting ready to vote on the federal DREAM Act, which would have given undocumented youth in the United States a pathway to citizenship.

This year, during another set of final exams, President Obama has decided to send me a notice to appear in court for removal proceedings.

My name is Prerna Lal and I am facing the trial of my life as I sit for my exams at The George Washington University Law School.  You may know me as one of the founders of DreamActivist or from the Immigrant Rights blog here where I have penned hundreds of articles over the past two years to help stop the deportations of several members of our community. I serve as 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 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 only grandparent alive is a U.S. citizen. She voted for President Obama in the last election and is now wondering why he is trying to deport her granddaughter. My legal permanent resident parents brought me here when I was a minor. Even my older sibling is a U.S. citizen. We grew up in this country. My entire family lives here. I am an American and this is my home. I urge you to take action to keep me here.

Continue reading this article at Change.org.

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