Tuesday, September 13, 2011

U.S. Woman pleads for husband's release from immigration detention, Needs help

Already more than 1,300 people have joined a growing campaign on Change.org calling on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release Sergey Golubev from immigration detention. Golubev arrived in the U.S. as a child. Petitioners are asking officials to allow him to stay in the country with his family.

Golubev arrived from the former Soviet Union when he was 10 years old. He arrived on a visa that his mother, who is mentally ill, allowed to expire by not filing the proper paperwork. Golubev only found out his undocumented status as an adult and was placed in removal proceedings after contacting police to seek help for a friend who had threatened suicide.

Golubev’s wife Angela Zikherman, an American citizen who is seven months pregnant and lives in Brooklyn, launched the petition on Change.org. The Department of Homeland Security's new guidelines that state that immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and have no criminal background are not priorities for deportation inspired her petition.

“For four months I have tried to keep our lives private and help my husband in the best way I knew how, through hiring the most qualified attorney,” said Sergey’s wife Angela Zikherman, who started the petition on Change.org.

“But things are not working as planned and I am expecting the birth of our daughter in 12 short weeks. I am very worried that my husband will be deported while we wait for the courts, which is why I chose to speak up and start a petition on Change.org.”

Serge is a good person who was raised in the US for more the 21 years of his life. His family and home is right here in the United States, not in Russia. ~Angela Zikherman, wife of potential deportee

News of the online petition campaign’s success is likely to increase pressure on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release Sergey Golubev. Within hours of the campaign’s launch, Angela Zikherman had recruited hundreds of supporters on Change.org, the world’s fastest growing platform for social change. She started a Facebook page that already has more than 500 “likes,” and the New York Daily News has already picked up the Golubev’s story. This blog is pleased to participate in the effort.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has already tried to place Golubev on a plane three times, and each time he has refused, fearing for his life and not wanting to leave behind his pregnant wife. It is expected that within the next 30 days another attempt to deport Golubev will be made.

“What Sergey Golubev’s wife, Angela, has accomplished in just a few weeks is remarkable,” said Change.org Director of Organizing Jackie Mahendra. “With no training, on bed rest while pregnant, and armed with only a laptop, Angela Maresca has managed to recruit more than 1,300 supporters from across the country and received the attention of major news outlets. It has been inspiring to watch Angela's campaign take off.”

Live signature totals from Angela Zikherman’s campaign are available here. I hope you'll sign the petition.

2 comments:

MichaelStivic said...

On that sad day marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I was reading the article "Dems Fret Aloud Over Obama's Re-Election" and all the comments in my NYTimes. It looks like a lot of fellow Democrats want to throw Obama under the bus and I can understand their frustration. The number of people Obama has thrown under the bus would give me carpa tunnel syndrome if I had to type them all!

I am really starting to get nervous that Rick Perry would run over Obama in the presidential election.

I think its time we started supporting Hillary to challenge Obama in a primary. I'm hoping we can start a grass roots movement in the blogosphere.

Let's face the facts fellow Democrats. Obama has really turned out to be a poor president who has been bought by the Multi-national banks and corporations. His only ability is to give smooth sounding speeches and campaign!

Billie Greenwood said...

Michael, thanks for weighing in here regarding the next presidential election. I'm hearing similar rumblings from other quarters--including my 90+ year old mom--an Iowa Democratic voter. Demos need to be conversing proactively.