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Another Low-Priority Deportation: Two kids depressed, Let Juan Carlos Go!

URGENT: Juan Carlos has been at Broward Transitional Center for 6 months and is being told he will be deported on TUESDAY, July 24!

On January 18th, Juan Carlos was at home with his family when ICE went to his home looking for someone else. Even though the person ICE was looking for wasn't there, they still arrested Juan Carlos.

For every day that Juan Carlos is detained, tax-payers spend $166. After 6 months in detention, tax-payers have spent over $30,000 keeping a father of 2 away from his family. Why?


Call ICE – John Morton @ 202.732.3000

Sample Script: I am calling to ask that you release Juan Carlos Mendez Pedrosa (A# 088 070 696) from Broward Transitional Center. He has a fiancee and two kids who are suffering from depression since his detention. Juan Carlos is a low-priority case and should be released from BTC 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 Juan Carlos Mendez Pedrosa (A# 088 070 696) from Broward Transitional Center in Florida and urge that you take immediate action to stop his deportation.

After being kept in Broward for over six months, Juan is being told that he will deported on Tuesday July 24th. On January 18th, 2012, Juan was at his girlfriend's house, helping her take care of her two young kids, when his life turned upside down. After hearing someone knocking on the front door, Juan proceeded to open the door and encountered an Immigration Officer who was looking for someone else. When Juan told the officer that the person he was seeking was not at the house, the officer began to harass Juan and inquired about his immigration status. Although he had no reason to arrest Juan, he took him into custody and later sent him to Broward Transitional Center where he has spent the past six months.

Juan arrived in the United Sates in 1998. A 20-year-old who had no means to support himself, he fled Mexico in order to find a way to feed his family. Since then, Juan has single-handedly supported his parents, his three siblings and his U.S. citizen girlfriend and her children. He has sacrificed his own education in order to earn enough to fund his siblings' higher education dreams. Before getting detained, Juan was planning on marrying his longtime girlfriend and helping bring stability into her kids' lives. Her kids are depressed and both of their grades have been slipping since being separated from Juan.

Although Juan has paid thousands of dollars in taxes to Florida annually, tax-payers are currently spending $166 for every day Juan spends in detention. After six months of being detained, tax-payers have now spent nearly $30,000 keeping Juan in detention. According to the memo issued by John Morton, Juan is a low-priority case and should be granted favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. He has no criminal record and instead is the victim of racial profiling.

I urge you to release Juan Carlos Mendez Pedrosa from Broward Transitional Center and call on ICE to stop his deportation.

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