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Another Low-Priority Deportation: 7 Year old hints at suicide over fathers detention

Gelmino has been detained at Broward Transitional Center for the past 7 months, keeping him away from his wife and two U.S., citizen children. Gelmino's children have fallen into depression as a result of their dad's detention and are receiving therapy.

Gelmino is a low priority case and should be released immediately so he can be reunited with his wife and their two children. Help us stop Gelmino's deportation by signing the petition and making a phone call!


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

Sample Script: “I am calling to ask that you release Gelmino Turra (A# 089-514-565) from Broward Transitional Center. Gelmino has an approved U visa with USCIS and should not be detained. His 7 year old son has been diagnosed with depression over his dad. Let Gelmino go!"

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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 Gelmino Turra (A# 089-514-565) from Broward Transitional Center. I urge you to immediately stop Gelmino’s deportation and reunite him with his family.

In 2002 Gelmino was nearly murdered. An armed gunman entered his home, tied him up and threatened to kill him. Gilmino’s testimony was crucial to bringing the criminal to justice.

Now, 10 years later, Gelmino finds himself detained at the Broward Transitional Center, despite such a strong case for a U-visa (given out to the victim or witness of serious crimes). His application for a U visa has already been granted by USCIS; however his immigration judge, Rex Ford, refuses to release him. Gelmino has now been detained for 7 months, since December 19, 2012, for nothing more than unpaid traffic tickets.

Gelmino is from Uruguay, he migrated to the United States from Uruguay in 2000. Gelmino is currently 32 years old; he’s a hard-working family man who wants nothing more than to be reunited with his wife and children. Gelmino’s family has been suffering without him; his 7 year old son suffers from depression, to the point that he recently approached his mother with a knife to his stomach telling his mother he wanted to kill himself because his dad was not with him.

For each day Gelmino is detained tax-payers are spending $166 for his detention. Gelmino’s traffic tickets were no more than a few hundred dollars and now tax-payers have spent over $35,000 keeping Gelmino in detention.

According to the memo issued by John Morton, Gelmino is a low-priority case and should be released and granted favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. I urge you to release Gelmino Turra (A# 089-514-565) from Broward Transitional Center and immediately stop his deportation.

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