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Felix Fears Being Killed If Deported. Let Him Go!

On July 6, Felix was stopped at a gas station by an ICE official and was arrested, even though he was driving with a valid Maryland driver's license. Despite being a low-priority case, he has been detained at Broward Transitional Center since then.

Felix's brother was killed in Honduras last month for being a public official. Felix fears being killed by the same people, who are still free, if he's deported.

Make a Phone Call:

Call ICE Director John Morton (202) 732-3000

Sample Script: “Hi, I am calling to ask that Felix Padilla (A# 072-113-242) be released from Broward Transitional Center and that his deportation be stopped. Felix has been living in the U.S. for 12 years and is the main provider for his family. His brother was killed in Honduras last month and Felix fears for his life if he's deported. Felix is a low-priority case and should be released 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 Felix Padilla (A# 072-113-242), from Broward Transitional Center in Florida and urge that you take immediate action to stop his deportation.

On July 6, Felix stopped at a gas station to pump gas when an officer gave him a strange look. The officer was parked near the gas station and, as Felix drove away, the officer pulled him over. Felix was then told the officer was an ICE official and proceeded to detain him even though Felix had a valid driver’s license from Maryland. Despite being a low-priority case, Felix was transferred to Broward Transitional Center where he has been ever since.

Felix has been living in the United States for the past 12 years and fears being sent back to Honduras. Last month, Felix’s brother was murdered for being a public official. His brother’s death was displayed on newspapers and now Felix fears for his life as people would know he is related to a public official. If deported, Felix will live in constant fear for his safety and won’t be able to provide for his family. Felix is a hard-working person with dreams of a better life. He has no criminal record and should be released from detention.

At 40 years old, Felix is the main provider for his family in Honduras, including his parents who are older and cannot work. Felix’s sister passed away 10 years ago and, since then, he has also become the sole provider for her two daughters who are 19 and 12 years old. Both of them depend on Felix financially to survive. Felix was deported in 1994 through a work raid, but was forced to return to the United States so that he could continue to provide for his family.

According to the memo issued by John Morton, Felix is a low-priority case and should be granted favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. Tax-payers have already spent over $2,300 keeping Felix in detention for no reason. Felix has no criminal record and, if sent back, he faces death in the hands of those who murdered his brother.

I urge you to release Felix Padilla (A# 072-113-242), from Broward Transitional Center in Florida and stop his deportation.

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