Stop the Deportation of Selvin Arevalo

by Dennis Chin, guest blogger

Have you heard of Selvin Arevalo’s story?

Selvin came to Portland, Maine as a 14-year old.   He was detained right after finishing high school after a minor car accident.  Over the last 10 years, Selvin worked as a house painter to support his family back in Guatemala.    Community members describe him as having exhibited tremendous personal growth and being an overall outstanding member of the community.

Quotes from the Portland Press Herald:

“Selvin is like any one of us. He came to this country looking to better himself,” said his close friend Isai “Jessy” Galvez. “He supports his two brothers, a sister and his mother, who had open-heart surgery.

“He has shown that he is a benefit to our society. It would be a tragedy to send him back now,” said Galvez, 20, who attends college in Portland.”

If the President and Congress fail to act on immigration reform this year, many young, undocumented folks like Selvin will graduate with no future outlook, condemned to a life in the shadows.  Some will even be deported to countries that they haven’t lived in for years.

There’s something to be said about the economic and social capital we’d be losing from deporting folks like Selvin.  Case study after case study shows that immigrants expand economic opportunity for all Americans in the long haul.  And personal stories from friends of Selvin demonstrate the gains we experience as a community from immigrants.

There is a petition circulating on to keep Selvin in the United States.  Click on the link to sign it!

5 responses to “Stop the Deportation of Selvin Arevalo

  1. It’s odd that 18 year old Americans can go serve in Iraq but 18 year old illegals can’t go live in American enclaves in Guatamala, Mexico, or any other country.
    Lots of Americans have gone to live in Central America, Baja Mexico and other locales.
    Nope, he should blame his own parents, not anyone else.

  2. The City of Oakland, CA facing budget cuts of $42 million – how much sympathy do those employees have for illegals? Ha ha….I know people of color who work for the government and they have ZERO sympathy for illegals.
    Do you know anyone who works for Social Security fraud?

  3. Pingback: Centro Latino in the News: Dream Act Vigil for Selvin Arevalo-May 26th : El Centro Latino de Maine- Portland

  4. He is an illegal – not an “undocumented worker”. He came into the USA illegally and should be deported.

  5. I’m sure he is a very nice man.

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