Luis Daniel Marquez Pinedo is an active community leader involved in the immigrant rights movement, and a dedicated father and husband who has been in deportation proceedings for over 5 years.
In 2009 Daniel left for work and did not come back. While he was entering his place of work, he was asked for an identification by an officer. When he did not have one, the officer questioned him about his immigration status and proceeded to call Immigration and Customs (ICE) agents, who put him in deportation.
As Daniel has been fighting his case in court, he has also been a part of organizing for everyone in his community. He is a member of Comunidades Unidas en Una Voz, a community organization in Memphis working to to defend their rights; he is also an outspoken leader at the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC), where he has been pushing for immigration reform and a stop to deportations. In 2012, Daniel also became a rider of the Undocubus, traveling through the southern United States urging immigrants to organize to defend their rights.
For the last five years ICE has refused to close the case and called Daniel a priority only because 20 years ago was deported after his workplace was raided. Daniel’s final court date is approaching this August to determine whether he can remain with his family or be torn apart from them. Please sign below urging ICE to use its discretion to stop Luis Daniel’s deportation.
To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing in support of the change of status of Mr. Luis Daniel Marquez Pinedo (A#072828972). As a member of the community, I would like to express my support to stop his deportation. Mr. Marquez is an active civil rights and community leader, he is a nationally-known immigrant rights activist, he has lived in the US continuously for the last 10 years, he has no criminal record and poses no threat to public safety. He is also the husband of a legal permanent resident, and has 4 children, 3 of whom are U.S. citizens.
Mr. Marquez and his family have been active civil rights advocates since 2006 and are part of a local Memphis committee part of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC). Mr. Marquez has also participated in nationally recognized campaigns with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. Since 1980 Mr. Marquez worked summers in the U.S to support his parents. After getting married and the birth of his first two daughters, Mr. Marquez and his family moved to Memphis, TN in the summer of 1994. Soon after, however, he was detained during a workplace raid and the family went back to Chihuahua. MX. After trying hard to support his family as a taxi driver, and his wife working as a secretary, the family made the hard choice of once again, moving to Memphis in 1999.
I support Mr. Marquez and strongly believe he is an asset to his community and to our country. Please stop his deportation by granting him his request for a change of status.
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