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Another Low-Priority Deportation: Faces death if deported! Release Mohanraj!

Mohanraj is currently detained at Broward Transitional Center and could be deported to Guyana at any moment. Mohanraj, a gay man, fled Guyana after encountering severe homophobia and being the victim of a horrifying attack.

Mohanraj is a low priority deportation and is seeking his PhD degree in Florida. He should be released from detention immediately.

For each day that Mohanraj is detained at Broward Transitional Center, tax-payers spend $166. His detention has cost $1,200!


Call ICE – John Morton @ 202.732.3000

Sample Script: “I am calling to ask that you release Mohanraj Rahiman (A# 077-003-179) from Broward Transitional Center and stop his deportation. Mohanraj came to the U.S. after being the victim of a horrifying attack in Guyana for being gay. He is now seeking his PhD degree in Florida and is afraid of being sent back. Mohanraj is a low priority deportation and 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 Mohanraj Rahiman (A# 077-003-179) from Broward Transitional Center in Florida and urge that you take immediate action to stop his deportation.

Mohanraj first came to the United States when he was 22 years old. As a gay man, he left Guyana to seek a better future for himself and came to live with his parents who were both U.S legal permanent residents. While remaining in the United States, Mohanraj obtained both a B.A. in Behavioral Sciences and a Master's in Social Work. As a college and graduate student, Mohanraj was well known in the community for volunteering many hours at St. John's Episcopal Hospital-Community Mental Health Center as well as various soup kitchens and homeless shelters. Although Mohanraj's parents had filed a petition for him, which was approved, Mohanraj aged out and was unable to benefit from the petition. Instead, he had the misfortune of hiring a lawyer, who not only scammed him but severely mishandled his case.

While attempting to regularize his status, Mohanraj was detained last April, while he was helping his niece. He drove to Texas to his niece, who has two kids, to let her borrow his car, but was instead detained for not having official U.S. ID. He spent nearly eight months in a detention center before he was deported to Guyana.

When he was sent to Guyana, Mohanraj encountered severe homophobia and was physically harassed and attacked for being gay. During one horrifying attack, Mohanraj was raped and his finger was nearly cut off. Since he was living with his nephew and his family at the time, they were robbed and attacked as well. After that attack, Mohanraj knew that he could no longer stay in Guyana and came to the only other country where he had family – the United States. Unfortunately, he was caught by U.S. Coast Guards officials who sent him to Broward Transitional Center.

According to the memo issued by John Morton, Mohanraj is a low-priority case and should be granted favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. Mohanraj has already suffered in Guyana due to his sexual orientation and faces severe consequences if he is sent back. His partner and the majority of his family, who are all U.S. citizens, live in the United States and Mohanraj wishes to remain with them. Before being detained, Mohanraj was in the process of pursuing a Doctorate at Argosy University in Tampa, Florida. Please help keep Mohanraj in the country that he considers home so that he can remain with his family and finish obtaining his PhD.

I urge you to release Mohanraj Rahiman from Broward Transitional Center and call on ICE to stop his deportation.

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