Join us and turn out to a community action regarding a beloved community member's risk for ICE detention and deportation.
Đức Nguyễn, a longtime San Jose resident, family man, and community advocate, is at risk for deportation. ICE recently requested an unexpected interview with Đức at the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) offices in San Jose this coming Tuesday, December 4th. In the past, ICE’s unexpected requests is an indicator of their plan to detain and deport at the moment of arrival.
San Jose is his home and his family and community relies on him. Our community is determined to #KeepDucHome. On Tuesday morning, communities across the Bay Area will stand with Đức as he walks into the USCIS building and demand that ICE does not detain him. Community members, clergy members, and loved ones will sing until Đức comes back out of the building, safe and unharmed.
Tuesday December 4 | 6:30AM
USCIS Building | 1450 Coleman Ave, Santa Clara 95050
Đức Nguyễn, Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones from First Unitarian Church, Rev. Hardy Kim, ViệtUnity, People Acting in Community Together (PACT), clergy members community members, and more
Đúc Nguyễn, age 35, is a family man and the only relative his 78-year old mother has left. As a primary caregiver for his mother, wife, and two kids—a 2-year old daughter and 6-year old stepson—he provides in-home support for his mother and stepson who both have medical disabilities and require round the clock care. Đức has lived in the U.S for over two decades and resides in east side San Jose on Senter Rd where he regularly attends Saint Maria Goretti and Chùa Đức Viên Buddhist Community Pagoda on Tully Rd.
Through the U.S. Humanitarian Operation (Hát Ô) program, Đức immigrated at the age of 12 in 1996, a time when gangs and violence negatively impact recent refugee communities. At 16, with few resources and support in the legal process, Đức was convicted and funneled into the criminal justice system without knowing the potential repercussions.
Đúc and his family filed a petition for the I-130 and was approved on March 2018. Despite having his petition approved, USCIS sent a letter demanding another interview to determine his eligibility for the I-130, to which his attorney surmises is ICE’s tactic for possibly re-detaining Đức.
If deported to Vietnam, Đức has no one to house or support him. The rest of his family in the U.S., who are all U.S. citizens, would face significant hardships without him.
Join us and Đức’s family in front of the USCIS building where there will be speakers including Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones from First Unitarian Church, People Acting in Community Together (PACT), and Đức himself. Together, we will sing and let our voices rise as we remind ICE that they do not and will not hold power over our community.