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Why Won't Senator Nelson Support Immigrant Families: Claudio Rojas

Today, Thursday August 9th, marks the 19th day of Claudio's hunger strike. He is not doing too well but refuses to stop until he is reunited with his family!

Senator Nelson can help but refuses to take a position on Claudio's case, why? Call and demand Senator Nelson support Claudio Rojas!

Washington D.C.: 202-224-5274
Orlando: 407-872-7161
Miami: 305-536-5999
Tampa: 813-225-7040
Broward: 954-693-4851
Fort Myers: 239-334-7760

"Hi, I was calling to leave a message of support for Claudio Rojas who is on the 19th day of a hunger strike. Claudio is fighting to get out of an immigration detention center and the Senator can help by supporting him. I understand the Senators office is contacting ICE but is there a reason why the Senator won't personally support Claudio?"

Optional Talking Points:

- Claudio has been detained since February 10th
- Claudio has never been in trouble with the law
- Claudio is a low-priority case and should not be in detention
- Claudio's family is forced to sell their home without support from Claudio
- The detention center is retaliating against Claudio, he is now in isolation.

What the Senator Can Do:

1.  Contact John Morton, director of ICE, personally and ask for discretion on Claudio's case.
2.  Issue a private bill, this would instantly stop Claudio's deportation.
3.  Write a public letter of support for Claudio.

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The Petition

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 Rojas (A# 892-32-994) and release him from Broward Transitional Center.

Claudio came to the United States, from Argentina, in August 2000 in search of a better life for his family. During his time in the United States, Claudio has been a working and contributing member to the city of Miramar in South Florida.

Claudio is a hardworking father, who has been able to support a family of four despite his immigration status. A devout Christian, Claudio has never lost faith that his immigration status will one day be resolved. He remains active within his church.

Claudio and his son Emiliano were arrested by Border patrol on March 12, 2010 after Emiliano mistakenly drove into the Ft. Lauderdale port, where he was asked for valid U.S. identification. Upon telling the officers that he had none, a Broward's Sherriff Office told Emiliano that he could not leave because the vehicle that he was driving was under his dad's name. Claudio came to aid Emiliano and that is where Border Patrol arrested both of them.

Claudio and Emiliano spent the next three months inside Broward's Transitional Center. Emilliano's case was closed, but Claudio was ordered to leave the country by an immigration judge. Claudio was picked up by ICE three months ago and has been at Broward Transitional Center ever since. The Rojas family’s immigration status is the product of poor legal advice from an immigration lawyer the family employed to handle their case.

In 2010, Claudio’s wife received eye surgery, which has left her with some pain in one of her eyes. Claudio’s son is currently attending a local middle school, while his oldest son graduated high school and now works as an artist. Despite all the hardship that his immigration status has caused him, Claudio continued to work hard to provide for his family.

According to the memo issued by John Morton, Claudio is not a priority for deportation and should be granted favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. Claudio, along with his family, has no criminal record. They continue to live their lives in hopes that Claudio is returned to them soon. Should Claudio be deported, his family would be torn apart.

We, the undersigned, urge you to take immediate action to stop the deportation of Claudio Rojas.

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