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Another Low-Priority Deportation: 65 Year Old Diabetic Wife Needs Husband to take her insulin!

On May 20th, Aurelio was driving home after dropping a friend off at the hospital when he was stopped by the police. He was transferred to Broward Transitional Center where he has been for the past 2 months.

Aurelio is a low priority case and should be allowed to return home to his wife. Tax-payers have spent over $10,000 to keep Aurelio in detention, away from his family. Why?


Call ICE – John Morton @ 202.732.3000

Sample Script:I am calling to ask that you release Aurelio Rufino Rangel (A# 089-993-500) from Broward Transitional Center and stop his deportation. Aurelio has a 65 year old U.S. citizen wife who has not been able to use her insulin, due to poor eyesight, since his arrest. His wife has even considered hurting herself. Aurelio is a low-priority deportation and needs to be released immediately.”

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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 Aurelio Rufino Rangel (A# 089-993-500) from Broward Transitional Center. I urge you to immediately stop Aurelio’s deportation and allow him to reunite with his wife who urgently needs him by her side.

On May 20th, as he made his way back home from dropping off a friend at the hospital, Aurelio was stopped by the police. He was handed over to immigration authorities and sent to the Broward Transitional Center where he is still being held today. Despite being a low-priority case, Aurelio’s detention is costing taxpayers $166 a day, over $10,000 so far.

Aurelio left Mexico in 1997 after he was victim of extortions and death threats from organized crime gangs. Fearing for his safety, Aurelio arrived to the United States in that same year and settled in Florida. Almost immediately, Aurelio was able to find a job and that way send money to his family back in Mexico. It was also in Florida where he met his wife, who is a citizen of the United States and who suffers from several medical conditions.

Aurelio’s wife, who is currently 65, has been suffering several hardships since Aurelio’s arrest. She suffers from diabetes and since Aurelio has been gone, she has not been able to use her insulin due to her poor eyesight. Commuting to her doctor appointments has become extremely difficult because of her arthritis and pain in her legs. Since Aurelio was her main provider and caretaker, it has also become difficult for her to pay for transportation and other necessities. All the struggles and suffering she has had to endure since Aurelio’s arrest has made his wife considered hurting herself because she sees no other way out of her situation.

Aurelio is his wife’s main provider and caretaker, if he were to be deported his wife would suffer health, economic, and emotional hardships. Also he and his family continue to receive extortions and death threats back in Mexico. If he were to be deported his safety would also be at risk. Aurelio is a loving and caring husband who needs and deserves to be by his wife’s side.

According to the memo issued by John Morton, Aurelio is a low-priority case and should be released and granted favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. I urge you to release Aurelio Rangel (A# 089-993-500) from Broward Transitional Center and immediately stop his deportation.

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