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Edwin Loza Family Fund

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THE STORY:

Mission: To support the reuniting of the Loza family by raising $4500 for visa and travel costs by May 1st, 2012. To continue raising awareness about the injustices of the U.S. immigration system and to pressure legislators to act now on comprehensive immigration reform.

Edwin Loza is an exemplary student who was deported to Guatemala the day after he graduated CHOICE high school in Shelton, WA. He has since been legally adopted by an American citizen and has been approved to apply for residency. The Loza family needs to raise at least $4500 for three application fees for Edwin, his mother Claudia, and his sister Michelle.



In 2007, Claudia (mother) and Edwin Loza (son, 19 years old), were detained by Immigration Customs Enforcement at their home in Shelton, Washington. Neither Claudia nor Edwin had committed any crime. Claudia remained in the Northwest Detention (NWDC) Center in Tacoma, Washington for 8 months before being deported to Guatemala. Edwin was also detained in the NWDC for three months and was permitted to return to Shelton to complete his last year of high school. During this time Edwin was monitored by an electronic ankle bracelet. Edwin was deported to Guatemala the day after his graduation ceremony, a country he had not know since he was 7 years old. Edwin and his mother were stripped from their family. Claudia’s daughter Michelle, youngest son Kevin and husband Juan remain in Shelton Washington.

Since this incident, step father Juan Loza has finalized the adoption of Edwin, Michelle and Kevin. Both Edwin, his mother Claudia and Michelle have been approved to apply for 10-year residency visas. The family needs to raise at least $6000 to pay for these visas in addition to travel expenses from Guatemala. Edwin is eager to return home to his family and friends, and to attend a University in the United States. Edwin is passionate about completing his higher education to become a physical therapist.



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