Letter: Deportation will dash a dream

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Thanks to The Columbian for the Jan. 23 story “CWU student locked in deportation battle.”

Al Okere is a friend of my daughter’s, and I have had the pleasure of meeting Al.

He is a bright, friendly, and charismatic individual. He has been through much; far more than anyone should have to go through. Never having had a chance to know his father. Having to live away from his mother.

He calls America, the Land of the Free, his home. Now, they want to deport him.

Al is not a taker. He isn’t looking for a free ride.

He simply wants to fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor, and most of all, stay in the only place he has ever called home, America.

May we remember what is written at the Statue of Liberty, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Al Okere should not be deported. Please sign the petition.

Becky Pollard

La Center