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Stop the Deportation of 50-Year Permanent Resident Mike Burrows

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The following was taken from a petition started by Gabriela Garcia on Change.org:


Mike Burrows is as an American as any citizen. The 52-year-old legal permanent resident was a baseball player at Glendale High School and Glendale Community college, and a golden gloves boxer in his twenties. A professional musician who has worked in the automobile and advertising industries, he has worked ambitiously and paid taxes most of his adult life. He has a long family history in the United States, with U.S. citizen grandparents. His grandfather was a state senator in South Dakota. Burrows is a loving father, productive resident, and hard worker. He immigrated from Canada when he was just two years old.

But he has faced a 9-year battle against deportation because of an expunged misdemeanor charge over holding a stolen 8-track tape deck for a friend when he was a teenager. Because of the Illegal Immigration and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, he would face a lifetime ban from re-entry into the United States. He would most likely never see his elderly parents again, especially his mother who has Alzheimers and is too sick to travel.

Burrows faces a deportation mandate in the next few days. Having exhausted appeals, a pardon from California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is the family's last hope.


Click here to sign the petition that calls for the immediate halt of Mike Burrow's deportation from the United States.


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