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Another Low-Priority Deportation: "Why is my grandfather in detention?"

In May, Alberto was detained by immigration in his own home as his family, including his children and grandchildren, watched. Due to this experience and his arrest, his family have not only suffered economic hardships but also emotional as well.

According to John Morton, director of ICE, Alberto is a low priority case and should be released immediately and reunited with his family. Help us stop Alberto’s deportation. Sign, share this petition and make a phone call!

Each day Alberto is being held inside Broward Transitional Center, tax-payers spend $166 per day. Detaining him is costing tax-payers $15,000!

Call ICE – John Morton @ 202-732-3000 or 202-732-3100

Sample Script: “I am calling to ask that you release Alberto Rodriguez (A# 078-503-240) from Broward Transitional Center. He is a 59 years old and should not be in detention. Alberto is a low priority case and should be released immediately"

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The Petition

To Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, John Morton; and Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano:

I am writing to call for the immediate release of Alberto Rodriguez (A# 078-503-240) from Broward Transitional Center. I urge you to immediately release and stop the deportation of Alberto and make it possible for him to return home to his family.

Alberto came to the United States along with his 4 year old daughter in 2000 after losing everything the family had, including their home, to hurricane Mitch in 1998. Alberto settled in Florida where he quickly found work and made it possible for his wife and 3 other children join him in the United States.

Due to the language barrier, Alberto was unable to read and understand notices he received that informed him that he needed to appear before immigration in order to renew his 3 month permit. Because he missed that meeting, the judge issued an order of removal which Alberto had no knowledge of.

On May the 9th, just as he was spending some time with his wife, children, and grandchildren, immigration arrived to Alberto’s House and detained him. Having to watch Alberto get arrested caused his wife to suffer a diabetic coma. Alberto was taken by immigration, as his children and grandchildren cried, to the Broward Transitional Center where is still held today.

Despite his immigration status and work injuries he has suffered, Alberto has managed to keep supporting his family. He is a living and caring husband, father, and grandfather that deserves to remain in the United States with his family. He has no remaining family members in Honduras and also needs to stay in the United States because he is his family’s main provider.

According to the memo issued by John Morton, Alberto is a low-priority case and should be released and granted favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. I urge you to release Alberto Rodriguez (A#) from Broward Transitional Center and immediately stop his deportation.

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