Take a photo to help fight Rosa's deportation
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by Michelle Reyf0 Responses

Dear friend,

I am grateful to everyone who signed the petition to stop the deportation of Rosa Robles Loreto, a wife and mother here in Tucson. Making a commitment to stand with Rosa gives us the chance to stand up for our values of keeping families together.

Rosa has been in Sanctuary for 7 months now, and I wanted to give you a quick update, plus a chance to take action in our exciting new effort for Rosa.

The update – Since Rosa entered sanctuary at Southside Presbyterian Church in August, there has been a groundswell of support for her – from thousands of signatures on her Groundswell petition and local petitions targeting the Tucson City Council and Pima Country Board of Supervisors to the hundreds of letters of support she has received from her neighbors, clergy, Congressman Raul Grijalva, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Retired Senator Dennis Deconcini, Linda Rondstat, and Delores Huerta.

And yet, in spite of this groundswell of support, Rosa remains in Sanctuary.

So, as I write this, yard signs are going up all over Tucson that say WE STAND WITH ROSA as a part of a new arm of our campaign to close her deportation case. But you don't have to be in Tucson to stand with Rosa. We would like to invite you to take part in this campaign.


1) Take a photo of yourself or with friends with the sign (download here) and share it on your social media sites with the hashtag #LetRosaStay.

Here’s a sample post. To give it extra power, you can tag the @Department of Homeland Security and @Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Facebook and @DHSgov and @wwwicegov on Twitter.

I stand with Rosa because families should be allowed to be together. Join me in telling the @Department of Homeland Security and @Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE) to #LetRosaStay. bit.ly/letrosastay

2) After you post on your own Facebook, please also share your post on our Facebook page with a caption (tell us who you are and why you stand with Rosa) and the hashtag #LetRosaStay. We’ll retweet you on Twitter

You can Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RosaRoblesLoreto and follow us on Twitter @WeStandWithRosa to stay in touch. We’re also on Instagram at WeStandWithRosa.

That's it! It's a pretty simple but powerful way to help us to raise the visibility of the many people who support Rosa.

Not on social media? Don’t worry, email your photo with a caption to [email protected] and we will post your photo to social media for you.

In these past 7 months, Rosa, her husband Gerardo, 12 year old Gerardo, Jr, and 9 year old Jose Emiliano have become part of our family. We have celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas together and every day we wait and work and organize and gather at 7pm in the evening to pray. After 7 months, our faith has not wavered and our confidence that Rosa will go home soon remains sure. But we need to ramp up our campaign.

I hope you’ll join us in sharing your photo to #LetRosaStay.


Rev. Alison Harrington
Pastor, Southside Presbyterian Church

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