Target: Representative John Tierney, Senator John Kerry, Senator Scott Brown
Goal: Grant U.S. citizenship to legal Tanzanian immigrant struggling to support his sick son
Frank Magori came to the United States from Tanzania in 2001 on an international student visa in order to pursue a graduate degree at a community college in Kalamazoo, Michigan. During the course of his studies, Child Protective Services (CPS) asked Frank to adopt the son of a drug-addicted relative living in the area. In order to provide the care his son needs, Frank has had to drop out of school and move to Massachusetts, rendering his visa null and void. Ask Massachusetts Congressional representatives John Tierney, John Kerry, and Scott Brown to sponsor a bill granting citizenship to Mr. Magori.
When Mr. Magori’s employer, Swiss Air, went out of business in 2001, he accepted the severance package and immigrated legally to the United States with the intention of returning to Tanzania after receiving his graduate degree. Just two years later, Mr. Magori was contacted by CPS and informed that a cousin and his girlfriend, both living nearby, had given birth to a baby boy. Unfortunately, due to the severe drug addiction of the new parents, the child had been born with serious health issues, and CPS was looking to move the child to a safer home environment. Mr. Magori willingly opened his home to the baby boy, dropping out of school and changing his own life plans. And when the biological parents failed to comply with state regulations regarding custodial privileges, Mr. Magori legally adopted the boy in 2007.
Mr. Magori and his son have had to move from Michigan to Massachusetts in the wake of threats made by the boy’s biological parents. And faced with an extensive array of medical concerns—fetal alcohol syndrome, asthma, extreme ADHD, cleft pallet, and more—Mr. Magori’s son requires time-intensive and expensive treatment. Mr. Magori—stripped of his student visa and thus ineligible for a work permit—has sold much of the property he owned in Tanzania to pay medical bills and living expenses. And despite meeting with eight different immigration attorneys, Mr. Magori has been evicted from his home and now lives with his son in a hotel, living off state support. While it was Mr. Magori’s original plan to return to Tanzania, he knows that his son—a U.S. citizen—will not survive on Tanzanian healthcare.
All Frank Magori wants is the chance to find a job that will enable him to support his son. Call upon Massachusetts leaders—Representative John Tierney, Senator John Kerry, and Senator Scott Brown—to propose a bill that will grant Mr. Magori the U.S. citizenship he needs to achieve his goals.
Dear Representative John Tierney, Senator John Kerry, and Senator Scott Brown,
Mr. Frank Magori came to the United States legally in 2001 on an international student visa. It was his intent to earn a graduate degree at a community college in Michigan and then return to his homeland of Tanzania. Two years into his studies, Child Protective Services came to Mr. Magori and informed him that a relative living nearby had just had a new baby boy. Unfortunately, due to the severe drug addictions of the parents, the boy faces numerous medical challenges, including fetal alcohol syndrome, asthma, extreme ADHD, cleft pallet, and more.
In order to care for—and later adopt—this young boy, Mr. Magori dropped out of school and moved to Massachusetts, rendering his student visa null and void. And while all he wants to do is provide for his son, he has found himself evicted from his home and now living in a hotel on state-funded support. He has had to sell properties he owned in Tanzania to provide for his son, and without a steady income, the future looks bleak.
While a student, Mr. Magori paid taxes on what little income he earned. All he desires now is the change to earn a fair wage again, yet he can not get a work permit based on his current status. And while he may have originally planned to return to Tanzania, his son—a U.S. citizen—will not survive on Tanzanian healthcare.
As his Congressional representatives, please propose a bill that will grant Mr. Magori the citizenship he requires to properly care for his sick son. Thank you for your attention to this important issue.
[Your Name Here]
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