Dream Activists: Bring the Valle Brothers Home for Thanksgiving

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PATERSON, N.J. -- Immigrant rights advocates are calling for the immediate release of Michell and Yasser Valle, two DREAM Act-eligible youth in New Jersey. Advocates with United We Dream (UWD), a network of immigrant youth organizations from more than 30 states, Education Not Deportation (END), the New Jersey DREAM Act Coalition and other groups called for their immediate release before Thanksgiving.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it would review the 300,000 pending deportation cases beginning Thursday, including halting the deportation of immigrants like the Valle brothers who came as young children. 

But a recent survey by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the American Immigration Council (AIC) shows discrepancies in how Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are exercising prosecutorial discretion. 

“The Newark ICE Office refused to accept the Stay of Removal request I attempted to submit on behalf of the Valle brothers,” said Eric Mark, the Valle brothers’ attorney. "Failing to even consider a request for (prosecutorial) discretion is not consistent with the recent direction and memoranda on Prosecutorial Discretion."