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Another Low-Priority Deportation: Baby Born 3 Months Premature With Serious Heart Problems

Senator Rubio and Nelson are the ONLY ones who can help Guillermo:


Senator Rubio:

Washington D.C.: 202-224-3041
Orlando: 407-254-2573

Senator Nelson:

Washington D.C.: 202-224-5274
Orlando: 407-872-7161

“Hi, I am calling to ask that the Senator intervene in the release of Guillermo Hernandez (A# 205-128-292) from detention. Guillermo's wife gave birth to their baby 3 months premature and now the baby is suffering from serious heart problems. Guillermo has yet to see his baby. He is a low-priority case and should be released immediately."

What Senators can do:

1. Issue a letter, signed by the Senator. The letter should specifically ask that the deportation be stopped and the request for discretion granted. The senator must take a position on this case.

2. Call John Morton, the director of ICE, directly and ask that he use his discretion. Senators in many previous cases have made this call.

3. Issue a private bill. Any senator can sponsor a private bill and as soon as one is issued it will put a hold on any deportation for the remainder of the congressional session.

If the office tells you anything different then push them to do the above. They have the power to do it, but are refusing to do it.

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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 Guillermo Hernandez (A# 205-128-292) from Broward Transitional Center and urge ICE to stop his deportation so he can be reunited with his wife and his newborn baby, who was born 3 months pre-mature and is suffering from serious heart problems. Guillermo is a low-priority detainee and should be released immediately.

In April, Guillermo was driving when he was pulled over by a police officer for driving only 10 mph above the speed limit. The police officer asked Guillermo for his driver’s license and proceeded to arrest him when he saw Guillermo’s license was suspended. Guillermo was detained at Orange County Correction facility for 2 months and was then transferred to Broward Transitional Center where he has been since May, despite being low-priority.

Guillermo is originally from Mexico but came to the United States when he was 23 years old and has been living in Florida for the past 10 years. He is married and his wife recently gave birth to their 3-month pre-mature baby who is suffering from heart problems. Guillermo is the sole provider of his family and, without him; his wife was forced to move with her parents because she has no financial or emotional support. Guillermo has yet to see his newborn baby. If he’s deported, his baby will be forced to grow up without his dad.

In 2002, Guillermo went back to Mexico because his aunt was murdered. He tried to investigate her death and was threatened to be killed by the same people who murdered his aunt. Guillermo fled Mexico and came back to the United States that same year and he is terrified to go back. If deported, it is very likely that the same people who murdered his aunt will try to kill him too.

For each day Guillermo is detained, tax-payers are spending $166 for his detention. Guillermo’s ticket for driving with a suspended license cost a few hundred dollars, yet tax-payers have spent over $10,000 keeping Guillermo in detention. According to the memo issued by John Morton, Guillermo is a low-priority deportation and should be released immediately and granted favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. Guillermo has no criminal record. His only wish is to be released so he can finally meet his baby and help raise him with his wife.

I urge you to release Guillermo Hernandez from Broward Transitional Center and stop his deportation.

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