Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Applaud President Obama for signing a private bill granting Nigerian Victor Chukwueke permanent residency in the United States.
Victor Chukwueke was 15 years old when he left his home in Nigeria to undergo treatment for massive face tumors in the United States. Victor continued his education and was recently accepted into medical school; however, he must be a permanent U.S. resident in order to attend. Please sign this petition and thank President Obama for granting Victor U.S. residency and allowing him to continue in his pursuit of becoming a doctor.
Massive life-threatening tumors caused by a genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis prompted Victor Chukwueke’s family to leave Nigeria and come to the U.S. in search of treatments. After some of the nation’s best medical facilities were not willing to operate on Victor’s rare disease, his family abandoned him at an orphanage in Michigan. In 2001, he was rescued by nuns from the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Mercy who arranged for a doctor to perform surgery on him. Victor has undergone seven surgeries, including one that left him blind in the right eye. Despite the physical and emotional obstacles, Victor graduated from Wayne State University with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and chemical biology. In his continued pursuit of becoming a doctor, Victor applied and was accepted to the University of Toledo in Ohio for medical school. Regardless of his achievements, Victor is required to have permanent residency status in order to continue with his education.
Inspired by Victor’s story, Senator Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, sponsored the bill, S. 285. Private bills, which only apply to one person and mostly focus on immigration, are rarely approved. His is the only one to pass in Congress in two years. With President Obama’s signature, Victor becomes a permanent resident and can continue with his education and life in America.
Please sign this petition and applaud President Obama for passing the private bill that will enable this Nigerian immigrant to accomplish his goals and contribute to the United States as an educated and inspirational resident.
Dear Mr. President,
I am writing to applaud your recent signature on a private bill granting permanent U.S. residency to Victor Chukwueke. Victor has proved himself as a productive member of American society who can overcome and accomplish great things against outstanding circumstances. With an estimated 11.5 million immigrants in the United States, I am thankful that at least one will be recognized as having earned permanent residency and given the right to higher education.
Victor Chukwueke was brought to the U.S. at 15 years of age in search of treatments for a genetic disorder that causes massive, life-threatening tumors on his face. Unfortunately, the rare disease was too unknown for doctors to risk surgery. Not until he was rescued from an orphanage by nuns after being abandoned by his family was a doctor found who was willing to try. Seven surgeries later, including one that left him blind in the right eye, Victor has not only maintained his health, but graduated college with two bachelor’s degrees. In pursuit of becoming a doctor, Victor needs to continue his education and must be a U.S. resident to attend the medical school to which he has been accepted.
Thank you for choosing Victor for this rare opportunity. His proven success in America is a testament to his determination and resiliency. He has overcome the physical and emotional obstacles of disfigurement and assimilated successfully with higher hopes ahead. I applaud your decision to grant Victor Chukwueke permanent U.S. residency and look forward to hearing more about the positive contributions he brings to our society.
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