Day Laborer Deported :(
UPDATE: Luis was deported September, 2012.
Luis has now been detained for 9 months. He's been living longer in detention in Florida than with his family! Despite no criminal record Luis was denied a bond. Luis filed for asylum because of the death threats; his case was denied and he was ordered deported. Luis is set to be removed on Monday morning and he fears for his life.
TAKE ACTION: MAKE 3 CALLS:
"Hi, I was calling to ask that the member take immediate action to stop the deportation of Luis Villanueva (A#201-298-270). Luis was picked up as a day laborer in front of Home Depot. He has never been convicted of a crime. His charges were dropped but ICE detained him and has had him for 9 months now. He is detained in Florida at the Broward Detention Center and is told he will be deported on Monday. Why won't the member help?"
Optional Talking Points:
** I know the member is supportive of day laborer rights.
** Luis is a low-priority case under the June 2011 Morton Memo
Washington, D.C., Office: (202) 225-3072
San Jose Office: Phone: (408) 271-8700
Rep. Roy Ballard
Washington, D.C., Office: (202) 225-1766
Los Angeles District Office: (213) 628-9230
California Office: (818) 994-7200
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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 Luis Villanueva (A# 201 298 270), from Broward Transitional Center in Florida and urge that you take immediate action to stop his deportation.
On November 7, 2011, Luis went to stand outside of Home Depot to find work to be able to provide for his family. He was standing on the sidewalk in the parking lot when he was approached by two officers telling him he couldn't be there. He got arrested without getting a warning from the store or the police officer. Luis was verbally threatened to be beaten if he didn’t get into the officers car. He has been held at the Broward Transitional Center in Florida away from his family since November 14th.
Luis and his wife have two daughters that need him home. He is a loving father to a 6 year old and 3 year old. His oldest daughter is suffering; she is not eating well and hasn't been talking since her dad has been taken away from her. If Luis is deported, he will not be able to provide for his family and his daughters will grow up without their father.
According to the memo issued by John Morton, Luis is a low-priority deportation and should be granted favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. Luis is afraid to go back to Mexico. His father was killed in Mexico in October 2011 and Luis has been getting death threats against him, his wife, and their two daughters. Ever since the murder threats started, Luis was forced to move to Florida from New York in order to protect his family. If Luis is deported, he will not only be separated from his wife and daughters but he could also be killed.
Luis has no criminal record and should be released immediately. I urge you to release Luis Villanueva from Broward Transitional Center and call on ICE to stop his deportation.