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Another Low-Priority Deportation: Samuel, Loving Husband and Father!

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Samuel has been detained at Broward Transitional Center since July 11. He was racially profiled and harassed before he was transferred to BTC. Samuel applied for political asylum but was scammed by a notary who claimed to be an attorney.

Samuel has a wife and 3 U.S. citizen daughters who need his emotional and financial support. Their 10 year old daughter wears hearing aids and needs special care. Samuel is a low priority case and should be released immediately.

For each day that Samuel is being detained inside Broward Transitional Center, tax-payers spend $166 per day. His dentention has cost about $1,200!

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

Sample Script: “I am calling to ask that you release Samuel Resendiz-Lopez (A# 073 094 270) from Broward Transitional Center. Samuel had applied for political asylum but was denied because the attorney mishandled his case. He has 3 U.S. citizen daughters and one of them requires special care. Samuel is a low priority case and should be released from detention so he can be reunited with his family."

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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 Samuel Resendiz-Lopez (A# 073 094 270) from Broward Transitional Center in Florida and urge that you take immediate action to stop his deportation

On July 11, Samuel, a construction worker in Fort Pierce, Florida, was on his way home after a long work day when he noticed he was being followed by Immigration Officials. The officers followed Samuel for some time when they finally stopped him to inquire about his immigration status without any reason. Samuel, who was with a co-worker at the time, was racially profiled, harassed, and then sent to Broward Transitional Center in Florida where he has been ever since, despite being low-priority.

Samuel, a husband and father of three U.S. citizen children, was born in Mexico, has been living in the United States for the past 19 years and has paid his taxes since 1993. He arrived in the U.S. in 1993 to leave everything, and unfortunately had the terrible luck of hiring a notary, who claimed to be an attorney and mishandled his case. Due to the deleterious advice he received, Samuel's case was denied. When Samuel went back to the attorney in an attempt to sort out his case, he found that the notary's office had been shut down. The notary had left along with Samuel's money and important documents relevant to his case.

Samuel, who volunteers as a frequent blood donor and soccer coach, has three U.S. citizen daughters who will deeply suffer if their father is deported. Samuel’s youngest child, a ten-year-old, wears hearing aids and needs special care. Her birthday is next week, and Samuel will miss her birthday if he still detained in Broward. Samuel is the rock of his family and his children depend on him for emotional and financial support.

According to the memo issued by John Morton, Samuel is a low-priority case and should be granted favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. Samuel has no criminal record and instead is the victim of fraud and exploitation by a notary who damaged an otherwise substantial asylum case. He is the main provider for his family whose well-being depends on his ability to stay here. Please help keep Samuel in the country that he considers home so that he can remain with his family.

I urge you to release Samuel Resendiz-Lopez from Broward Transitional Center and call on ICE to stop his deportation.

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