Cincinnati, OH — The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Cincinnati calls for the release of Bernard Pastor. LULAC will take part in a prayer vigil outside Reading High School on Saturday December 4, 2010.
Bernard Pastor, 18, was brought to the United States by his parents at the age of 3. His family left Guatemala to seek religious and political freedom. Throughout his life in the United States, Bernard became a model student and citizen. He graduated in the Top 5 of his class, and is an avid volunteer in both his church and his community. Bernard’s father is a pastor and Bernard envisions his own life in the service of God and the community.
Bernard was detained for a minor traffic accident and because of his inability to produce a driver’s license; he was reported to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and is currently in the Morrow County Jail in Mt. Gilead, pending a deportation order. Bernard speaks English as a first language. He has never been back to Guatemala and does not know anybody there, as this is a country entirely foreign to him.
Bernard Pastor exemplifies what thousands of young undocumented immigrants face in the United States every single day. This is the time to stand up for our future of young people. This is the time to urge ICE to free Bernard. LULAC is committed to this goal.
Please join LULAC Cincinnati, Cincinnati Faith and Justice, Cincinnati Interfaith Workers’ Center, and other community members to rally for Bernard Pastor and pave the way towards a prominent future for this outstanding young American.
WHEN: 11 a.m., Saturday, December 5th
WHERE: Reading High School: 1600 West Street, Lectura, OH
WHO: League of United Latin American Citizens, Reading High School classmates of Bernard Pastor and all members of the community.