Detained 1 year despite granted I-130!!
On Dec 6, Mohammed was driving his wife, who was having a panic attack, to the hospital when he was stopped by the police. They arrested him after finding out his undocumented status and transferred him to Broward Transitional Center, where he has been ever since.
Mohammed is a low priority deportation. He has a U.S. citizen wife and son who need him by their side. Tell ICE to let him go by signing the petition and making a phone call.
For each day Mohammed is detained tax-payers are spending $166 for his detention. Mohammed’s expired tag was no more than a few hundred dollars and now tax-payers have spent over $50,000 keeping Mohammed in detention.
TAKE ACTION - MAKE A CALL:
Call ICE – John Morton @ 202.732.3000
Sample Script: “I am calling to ask that you release Mohammed Sooknanan (A#876-090-171) from Broward Transitional Center. Mohammed was arrested for having an expired license while driving his U.S. citizen wife, who was having a panic attack, to the hospital. He has a U.S. citizen son and is a low-priority deportation. Mohammed should be released from detention 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 Mohammed Sooknanan (A# 876 090 171) from Broward Transitional Center in Florida and urge that you take immediate action to stop his deportation.
On December 6th, 2011, Mohammed Sooknanan was driving his wife, who was having a panic attack, to the hospital when he was pulled over by police officers for having an expired license plate. Although Mohammed tried to explain to them that he was in the middle of an emergency, they ignored him and instead inquired about his immigration status. After finding out that Mohammed was undocumented, they arrested him. Although his wife paid the full amount of the bond to have him released, he was instead sent to Broward Transitional Center where has spent nearly eight months.
Mohammed, a 28-year-old husband and father, has been living in the United States for the past nine years. After his parents were no longer able to support him in Guyana, Mohammed came to the United States to live with grandparents, who were both U.S. citizens, to pursue a higher education degree. Mohammed is the main provider for his family and has been working multiple shifts at his job to help support them. He is skilled in recycling and building cars from scrap metal. Before getting detained, Mohammed took care of his U.S. citizen son and wife, who suffers from severe mental depression and relies on him to get her medication. While Mohammed's wife spent several months at a psychiatric hospital, Mohammed took care of his son, who has not seen his father for nearly eight months.
According to the memo issued by John Morton, Mohammed is a low-priority case and should be granted favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. Mohammed is the breadwinner for his family and provides both financial and emotional support for them. Mohammed's wife, a U.S. citizen, has filed an I-130 petition for him and while he has a chance of regularizing his status, it would be extremely unjust to deport him. Please help keep Mohammed in the country that he considers home so that he can remain with his family.
I urge you to release Mohammed Sooknanan from Broward Transitional Center and call on ICE to stop his deportation.