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Monday Deportation: Release Miguel To His Wife and 3 Children!

Miguel has been detained at Broward Transitional Center for over 4 months and is being told he'll be deported on Monday, July 30th!

On March 17, Miguel was driving to a church reunion with his family when he was stopped by the police. He was arrested for driving without a license in front of his 3 children and wife. All 3 of his children are depressed and cry every day asking for their dad.

Miguel is a low priority case and should be released from detention immediately. Tax-payers have spent over $18,500 keeping Miguel in detention, away from his children and wife. Why?

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Call ICE Director John Morton (202) 732-3000

Sample Script:
Hi, I am calling to ask that you release Miguel Rodriguez (A# 078-325-097) from Broward Transitional Center. Miguel has been living in the U.S. for 11 years and has 3 young children who are depressed and cry every day asking for their dad. Miguel is a low-priority case and should be released from detention immediately."

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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 Miguel Rodriguez (A# 078-325-097) from Broward Transitional Center and urge you to take immediately stop his July 30th deportation.

On March 17, Miguel was driving his family to a church reunion when he was stopped by a police officer. The officer arrested Miguel for driving without a driver’s license, in front of his wife and 3 young children. The 3 children watched their dad being taken away and are now traumatized by this experience. Despite being a low-priority case, Miguel was transferred to Broward Transitional Center where he has been for over 4 months and is now being told he’ll be deported on Monday, July 30th.

Miguel came to the United States in 2001, from Honduras, when he was only 21 years old. When he arrived, he was given a 2 month work permit and was told he would receive a date to appear in court. Miguel never received anything after the 2 months expired and, years later, the family moved from their house. Miguel didn’t know that he had been given an order of deportation in 2008 until he was detained by ICE.

At 31 years old, Miguel has 3 children; two daughters who are 8 and 5 years old and a son who is only 3 years old. Miguel’s children are suffering emotionally ever since their dad was detained in front of them. They are depressed and constantly cry, asking for their dad to come home. Miguel works as a painter in order to provide for his family financially. If he’s deported, his children will be forced to grow up without their dad and Miguel’s wife will have to raise them without Miguel’s help.

For each day Miguel is detained, tax-payers are spending $166 for his detention. Miguel’s ticket for driving without a license was no more than a few hundred dollars and now tax-payers have spent over $18,500 keeping Miguel in detention. According to the memo issued by John Morton, Miguel is a low-priority deportation and should be granted favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. Miguel has no criminal record and is the father of 3 young children who need their dad to provide for them.

I urge you to release Miguel Rodriguez (A# 078-325-097) from Broward Transitional Center and stop his deportation.

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