Miguel Aparicio came to the USA undocumented at the age of 15 years. He went to Carl Hayden High School where he enrolled in the cross country team coached by Fredi Lajvardi.
Miguel attended Gateway Community College for two years and Gran Canyon University with a cross country scholarship for two more years.
In April 2009 he was stopped by a Sheriff Deputy in Casa Grande, for no reason.
He spent seven weeks in an immigration detention center.
He has been working as a volunteer Coach with Coach Carlos Borja for Alhambra HS until the School District found out about his immigration situation and asked Coach Borja to dismiss Miguel Aparicio.
Coach Borja refused and he was dismissed as Coach for the Alhambra cross country team.
Parents, students and supporters rally on their support. The efforts of Coach Borja and Coach Aparicio pay off: Alhambra High School Cross Country Team won the state championship in 2009.
Miguel faces deportation to a country he has not seen in more than 22 years on Friday, June 17th. Read the article on Miguel Aparicion on Runner's World Magazine.. Miguel Aparicio wants to stay in the country to contribute as a successful Cross Country Coach with his longtime friend Carlos Borja, mentoring underprivileged youth, advance with his education and become an electrical engineer.
**note this is an answering machine, once it is full it is out of commission for the day. Fill it up now with calls for Coach Miguel Aparicio.
Call Assistant Secretary to ICE, John Morton and leave a message urging him to stop the deportation of Coach Miguel Aparicio 202-732-3000.
I am calling in support of Coach Miguel Aparicio. He is a good mentor for students interested in Cross Country and is an example of perseverance and commitment.
Please stop his deportation scheduled for next Friday, June 17th,2011.