By Domenic Powell
Ivan Nikolov, 22, a DREAM Act-eligible immigrant from Russia was released yesterday from a local jail in Dearborn, Michigan after spending three months in detention awaiting deportation. What sped his process along? The thousands of calls, emails, faxes and letters sent from immigration activists across the country.

Were Ivan deported, he would have been forced to join the Russian Army (you didn’t know ICE ran recruitment for the Russian Army? We didn’t, either). Needless to say, everyone is happy to have him back home.

Organizations like 1Michigan, America’s Voice and DREAMActivist led the charge, and thousands of others picked up the story via Twitter, blogs and Facebook. We sent our faxes, and we’re happy we did.

Here is Ivan getting out of jail:

This is not over; there will be another DREAMer that needs the help only all of us together can deliver. In fact, you should already be doing what you can for Saad Nabeel, whose family were actually approved for green cards, but ICE wouldn’t grant them an extension long enough to pick them up. They were deported to Bangladesh in February.

That’s the state of our immigration system: Russian recruitment and boneheaded bureaucrats. What’s that about a nation of laws?

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