The New York State Youth Leadership Council will hold a rally and press conference to urge DHS to halt the deportation of Nadia Habib and her mother Nazmin Habib.
They are facing deportation in the morning of September 29th after they were denied motion to reopen their case after a mistake of the immigration judge. Nadia arrived in the United States, from Bangladesh, in her mother’s arms as a one-year old baby. Now as a 19 year old, Nadia has proven to be an outstanding student. Her mother, Nazmin, is the wife of a green card holder and also the mother of three U.S. citizen children and a contributing member of her community. Despite living in the United States for most of Nadia’s life, they both find themselves fighting their deportation to a country they no longer call their home.
Nadia has always been an outstanding student. She has attended the second best public high school in New York and is currently a junior at Stony Brook University, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Biology and Art. Nadia aspires to someday make a major contribution to the world of medicine as a pharmacist in drug research and discovery. Nadia’s mother, Nazmin, is an exemplary wife and mother who has always been very involved in the lives of her four children.
In a recent announcement, Secretary Napolitano stated new guidelines for Prosecutorial Discretion. According to these guidelines, Nadia and her mother are not deemed priority for removal by DHS and merit a favorable exercise of discretion. We cannot allow our broken immigration law system to continue separating families and draining valuable brain power. We need Nadia and Nazmin to stay in the US!
The New York State Youth Leadership Council is leading a campaign to stop Nadia and Nazmin’s deportation. They are collecting petitions and calling all community members to contact ICE Director John Morton to urge him to defer Nadia and Nazmin’s deportation. They are also urging Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand to introduce a private bill that can allow Nadia and Nazmin to stay in the country they now call home.
What: Press conference and rally at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Immigration Court at 26 Federal Plaza, New York, NY 10278 (in front of Broadway entrance – look for yellow banner)
When: Thursday, September 29 at 10:00 a.m.
Why: Nadia and her mother, Nazmin, exemplify what it means to be an American and should be allowed to stay in the U.S. to live their American Dream.