Deported for Calling an Ambulance!
On March 3rd Claudio's life changed forever. As he sat waiting in his car for his wife and 4 year old son to run some errands he began convulsing. Claudio is a type 2 diabetic, he had recently been put on new medication and was suffering a possible side effect.
A store employee witnesed what was happening and called an ambulance. The employee then saw Claudio vomitting on himself and called for an ambulance again. Still no ambulance came. The employee called an ambulance 3 times and 30 minutes later still no ambulance, however a police officer did show up.
Instead of recieving medical care Claudio was arrested and eventually transferred to ICE for deportation. Since Claudio and his family entered on a visa waiver they have no rights to an immigration judge or hearing. Claudio is being told 'the next plane for Argentina leaves Tuesday!'
Why did a simple call to an ambulance lead to deportation? We need to keep this family together.
TAKE ACTION: Make a Phone Call
Help us stop Claudio's deportation by making a phone call and sharing this petition.
1. Call ICE – John Morton (202.732.3000)
Sample Script: "I am calling to ask that ICE stop the deportation of Claudio Molina (A# 095-472-313). Claudio is type 2 diabetic, and began suffering from convulsions. Someone called an ambulance and instead police showed up and arrested Claudio. Claudio's only crime is calling an ambulance for help! Stop his deportation."
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To Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, John Morton; and Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano:
We, the undersigned, write to request that you take immediate action to stop the deportation of Claudio Molina (A# 095-472-313).
On March 3, Claudio was arrested after suffering from convulsions and vomiting resulting from the side-effects of his prescribed diabetes medication, Metformin. He never received medical assistance and is currently being held in Riverhead Jail in, NY. Claudo is set to be deported as early as Tuesday, March 24, 2012.
Claudio had taken his diabetes medication earlier that day and made the mistake of drinking a glass of wine with his dinner a few hours later. While waiting for his wife and 4 year old son in a Wal-Mart parking lot, Claudio started convulsing and vomiting, even urinating on himself. A person who saw this happen called the ambulance to take Claudio to the hospital, but after 30 minutes, the ambulance hadn’t come. Instead, a police officer arrived and pulled Claudio out of the car. Claudio fell to the floor and started convulsing. Rather than being taken to the hospital, the officer arrested Claudio and took him to jail.
Claudio came to the United States, from Argentina, in 1996 with the hopes of giving his children a better future. Claudio’s youngest son is only 4 years old and cries continuously due to how much he misses his dad. Claudio is also the main financial provider for his family and provides emotional support for his 3 children. Sitting in detention, Claudio wishes the ambulance had never been called. He never thought calling for medical assistance would result in him being arrested and possibly deported.
Claudio should have been taken to the hospital, but is now facing deportation to Argentina. This was a medical crisis and should have been treated as such. Now Claudio and his family are afraid of even calling the ambulance if a medical emergency occurs for fear of being separated through deportation. Rather than being deported, Claudio should be given favorable use of prosecutorial discretion, as he meets many of the factors set forth in the Morton Memo.
We, the undersigned, urge you to immediately stop the deportation of Claudio Molina (A# 095-472-313).