In September of 1994, fifteen months after he was born, Raymond Partolan and his family packed only two suitcases and uprooted themselves from the Philippines to the United States in order to have a better life in the land of opportunity. Raymond Partolan's story is only one in over 11 million other undocumented stories.
According to his GoFundMe page,
"My parents were the original dreamers. They came to this country in search of better opportunities for their children and to build a family as a newlyweds. When they came, they sacrificed so much. They missed birthday parties, births, and deaths. Their sacrifice is unimaginable. My father, who used to be a physical therapist, now works in a warehouse. My mother, a trained paralegal, works at two restaurants and cleans houses and hotel rooms as much as she can. Both hardly make a living wage. Both of them are college educated and would be incredible assets to American society if they were able to get their green cards."
At 10 years old, Raymond Partolan was a fifth grader at Springdale elementary school and he and his family were taking the next steps toward making the United States their home. Then the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) denied their applications for Green Cards leaving them to answer a very important question, "Do we stay in the United States and risk everything, including the possibility of arrest and deportation to a country we left so long ago, or do we return to the Philippines, now a faraway land?
There were bumps in the road as well as highs and lows for the Partolan family, (read their story HERE) but through it all they have stayed together and worked hard to achieve the American Dream. This May, Raymond's brother will turn 21 years old, making his parents eligible (on paper) for a family-based lawful permanent residence application (Green Card). They have saved up enough money to cover their legal expenses but still need funds to pay for filing fees and to obtain a required medical examination.
Here's a breakdown of these expenses from his GoFundMe page:
Form I-130 (to certify the family relationship between my brother and my parents): $535.00 x 2 = $1,070
Form I-485 (the actual application for permanent residence): $1,225.00 x 2 = $2,450
Form I-693 (required medical examination): $275.00 x 2 = $550
$1,070 + $2,450 + $550 = $4,070
(GoFundMe's payment processors take 2.9% off the top. $4,070 x 1.029 = 4,188.03, so Raymond decided to make his fundraising goal a flat $4, 200.)
The Partolan family have come so far in this county in just 24 short years. His father, who used to be a physical therapist, now works in a warehouse and his mother, who is a trained paralegal, works at two restaurants and cleans houses and hotel rooms as much as she can; both working so hard to barely make a living wage. Both of Partolan's parents are college educated and he feels would be incredible assets to American society if they were able to get their green cards.
As for Raymond and his immigration status, he's having to wait and see how Congress handles the DACA program.
posted 01/15/2018 in