My father has been here 30 years – help stop his deportationMy father, Martin Martinez, has been living in this country for more than 30 years with my mother, Julia Ochoa. They have been contributing to the community here in New York for over 30 years, they have two children who are U.S. citizens (my brother and I), and a new 3-month-old granddaughter. My parents are not a danger to the public. Julia has no criminal record. Martin has two DWI charges from nearly two decades ago but has learned from his mistakes and has not been pulled over since. My parents applied for asylum in 2004, but were denied, despite the fact that my brother and I were still children (10 and 15 years old) who would have been left without their parents. They never received the letter telling them when they needed to leave, so they stayed, raising my brother and I, working hard, and paying taxes. My parents were detained in 2013, but ICE decided against deporting them after hearing from my family, community members, and leaders. ICE can use its discretion again and decide not to separate our family. Please join my family in calling on ICE to allow my father to stay with his family in the country he has called home for 30 years.