By: Eve Carne
On July 26, 2011 Andy Mathe was deported and his brother and parents could be next.
The Mathe family fled South Africa in 2007 and came to the United States with hopes of a bright future. Back in their home country, they had been receiving threatening letters and phone calls and did not feel safe anymore. The Mathe parents did what they had to do to keep their children safe, but now it seems as though it was all for nothing.
The Mathes committed no crimes and acted perfectly during their time here in the U.S., but they still are getting split up by this unjust system. After Andy Mathe was deported, his parents and brother were told they needed to check in with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) authorities today (August 2) with the possibility they will be deported as well.
To show ICE our outrage at this broken system we protested outside of ICE headquarters. Undocumented immigrants from across Chicago showed up chanting “undocumented and unafraid”, saying they are sick of hiding and want to be accepted into our society.
One young undocumented woman spoke to the crowd in frustration saying, “Are we so worthless or disposable? Does our humanity count for something or is it nothing?” Andy’s Mother also spoke to the protesters before she went inside to hear her fate. “I pray no one has to go through what Andy went through,” she said.
We will anxiously wait to hear the fate of the rest of the Mathe family. Please sign this petition and call Rep. John Lewis asking him to stop this possible deportation.
To learn about JCUA’s immigration work, contact Emily Zucker Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org.