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Detained for calling 911! ICE Denies Critical Surgery

Angel was detained on May 1st, he is suffering from a hernia. He was arrested for calling 911 after a two of men threatened him with a knife. He was charged with 'misuse of 911' when he was in fact calling for help.

While in detention Angel was found to have a hernia and taken to the emergency room where a doctor recommended immediate surgery. ICE denied Angel's surgery as he is due to be deported.

Angel is suffering. Some days he doesn't leave his cell because of the pain. Angel's biggest regret is ever calling the police for help.

The Guatemalan Consulate demands immediate surgery.

Make a Call: Let Angel Go!

Call ICE: 202-732-3000 or 202-732-3100

"I am calling to ask that you to immediately release Angel Raymundo (A#205-344-742) from Broward Detention Center. He was arrested on May 1st after calling 911 for help after nearly being mugged by two men. Instead of help he was detained. Angel is a low-priority case and is also in need of immediate surgery as required by a doctor. Let Angel go!"

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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 Angel Raymundo (A# 205-344-742) from Broward Transitional Center and immediately stop his deportation.

On May 1st, a group of men pulled a knife on Angel. He tried to seek help and called 911. When the police arrived, the men who had threatened Angel had disappeared . As Angel kept walking home, the group of men appeared again and began to follow him to his house. Angel called 911 again and the police officers appeared at his house. The officers didn’t believe him and, instead of providing help, they arrested Angel when he couldn’t provide proper identification. Now Angel has been detained at Broward Transitional Center for over 3 months for seeking police help, even though he’s low-priority.

Angel came to the United States, from Guatemala, seven years ago on February 2005. The violence in Guatemala, due to gangs and the drug cartels, continues to increase. In fact, Guatemala has one of the highest crime rates in Latin America. Angel was only trying to reach out for help when he called the police, but he was arrested and detained instead. While in detention, Angel developed a hernia which BTC neglects to treat and now he fears being deported to Guatemala where he might not be able to afford the necessary medical operations. On Sept. 9, Angel was rushed to the emergency room at North Broward Hospital due to severe pain from the Hernia. This is the second time he has seen a doctor outside of BTC, and he was told again that three surgeries are needed to remove the Hernia. ICE is adamant on refusing this right & is steadfast on deporting him.

For each day Angel is detained, tax-payers are spending $166 for his detention. Angel was detained for calling the police during a time of need, yet now tax-payers have spent over $15,000 keeping Angel in detention. According to the memo issued by John Morton, Angel is a low-priority case and should be released and granted a favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion.

I urge you to immediately release Angel Raymundo from Broward Transitional Center and stop his deportation.

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