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ICE Retaliates Against Luis: Urinating Blood in Detention

1. Call Rep. Lofgren's D.C. office @ 202-225-3072 

"Hi, I was calling to ask for your office to do everything to get the release of Luis de la Cruz (A#200-139-118). Yesterday, after filing a medical complaint, ICE retaliated by having him moved to a high-security center. Luis is urinating blood, he's been placed in a diaper 24/7 and is in pain. He should be receiving treatment, not locked up like an animal! Will your office take action for Luis?" 

2. Call ICE HQ in D.C. @ 202-732-3000 

"Hi, I was calling to ask for the immediate release of Luis de la Cruz (A#200-139-118). He is being held at the Krome immigration prison and is in intense pain. He is urinating blood. Why was he retaliated against for filing a medical complaint against your treatment of him? Let this man go!"

Background:

Luis de la Cruz has been detained since April 5th, 2012, for nothing more than unpaid parking tickets. Luis was once ordered deported in 2007, however he never left as he needed to provide for his family.

Luis has been a long-time business owner; he has had his own barber shop and has had to sell it in order for his family to survive in his absence. Luis has two young boys, 7 and 9, who dearly miss him.

Medical Emergency:

Since November of 2012 Luis has been suffering with intense pain in his groin region. He has since developed a urinary infection, he is urinating blood and has been put on diapers 24/7. All of this has caused Luis immense physical and mental anguish; he has requested a therapist but has only been given antidepressants.

ICE Retaliates:

On January 15th at approx. 12:00pm a medical complaint was filed on behalf of Luis, within 2-hours of this complaint being filed Luis was notified he would be moved to a high-security prison.

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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 Luis de la Cruz (A# 200-139-118) from the Broward Transitional Center and urge ICE to immediately stop his deportation.

Luis, originally from the Dominican Republic came to the United States in 2002 in search of a better life. He settled in Florida where he lives with his wife and his 2 U.S. citizen children. In 2007, Luis was issued an order of deportation however never left so that he could provide for his family.

On April 5th, while on his way to purchase products for his business, Luis was pulled over by the police. He was then arrested for driving with an expired license and for a bench warrant he had been issued for traffic tickets but had no knowledge of. Luis was immediately transferred to ICE and has been at the Broward Detention Center since.

Since his arrest his family has been suffering economic setbacks and emotional hardships. His wife has been unable to make ends meet, she is unable to pay for rent and other bills. Luis’ 2 U.S. citizen children are set to start school soon and their mother has not been able to buy them school supplies and uniforms. His children know that his father is detained and beg for his father to be back. Luis is the main provider of his family and they need him at home. He is a loving and caring husband and father who deserves to be reunited with his family.

While in detention, Luis has developed pain in his testicles and has repeatedly asked for medical assistance for 40 days but all he has received are painkillers and a urine test. Luis needs medical attention not deportation. He has a pending U-Visa and needs to be home with his family.

According to the memo issued by John Morton, Luis is a low-priority case and should be granted favorable use of prosecutorial discretion. Luis has no criminal record and is the main provider for his family. He deserves to be with them.

I urge you to release Luis de la Cruz (A# 200-139-118) from Broward Transitional Center and stop his deportation.

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