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After spending three months in jail facing deportation, Ivan Nikolov was released.  He’s currently safe at home with his fiancée and stepdad – thanks to your help.  Together, we sent nearly 15,000 faxes to the Department of Homeland Security and ICE, and another 2,800 faxes to Ivan's Congressional representatives in Michigan, sharing his story and urging his release. Our persistence paid off.

Now another young man – Selvin Arevalo – needs our help. Selvin came to the United States from Guatemala when he was just 14 years old. His dream was to work hard to support his mother, who needed open-heart surgery, his two brothers and his sister. Selvin paints houses during the day and takes classes at night to pass his GED. Though he's incredibly active in his church and local community in Maine, the 24-year-old could be deported any day now.

Earlier today, immigrant advocates convened a call, asking Maine Senators to intervene and stop Selvin's deportation.  Following is what Isai Galvez, youth leader of Iglesia Pentecostal El Sinai and Selvin’s  best friend, had to say Selvin’s contributions to Portland and his  battle with deportation: 

Selvin’s dream has always been to get his  high school diploma and attend college but when he was detained, his  hope of becoming an American citizen, graduating college and starting  his own business was put in jeopardy...I’m asking  Senators Collins and Snowe, on behalf of the greater Portland community,  to come to his defense and intervene on his behalf.  Selvin is a living  example of why we desperately need the DREAM Act in order to protect  the future leaders of our nation.

We've seen how successful these campaigns can be. We helped save Ivan Nikolov in Michigan and Marlen Moreno in Arizona. Now Selvin Arevalo needs our help.

Please send a fax now to stop Selvin's deportation!

Maine Senators Snowe and Collins have the power to help Selvin remain with his church and his community. According to Marc Mutty, Director of Public Affairs for  the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, ME:

I urge our Senators to consider the  overall nature of Selvin’s  character, selfless actions while in the  United States, and commitment  to his community. Selvin’s story calls  for our  understanding and assistance, proving once and for all why we  need  immigration reform that offers immigrants who come to the US in  search  of a better life a path to citizenship.

Ask Senators Snowe and Collins to stop Selvin's deportation and help pass the DREAM Act, so that young  people like Selvin can give back fully to their communities.

Cross-Posted at America's Voice.

Originally posted to AmericasVoice on Wed Sep 01, 2010 at 07:50 AM PDT.

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