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ICE Raids Durham Home: Free Hugo Now!

On December 23, 2013, ICE agents raided the home of Hugo Leonel. Despite pleas from his children to ICE agents, Hugo Leonel was taken into custody and is currently being held at Stewart Detention Center.

In early 2013, Hugo Leonel was charged with a DWI. Being his first offense, Hugo Leonel was released under bond. In compliance with his sentence, he completed community service hours and an alcohol treatment program. So why is he detained?


Help get Hugo Leonel released and his deportation stopped by making a phone call and signing the petition!


Call Atlanta ICE @ (404) 893-1210
Call DC ICE @ (202) 732-3000 or (202) 732-3100

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: “Hi, I am calling to ask for the release of Hugo Leonel Perez (A# 077-665-965) from Stewart Detention Center. Hugo Leonel has been living in the U.S. for 8 years. He came from Guatemala to reunite with his family. His U.S. citizen son, Rhodinson, needs him home. Please don't separate Rhodinson from his dad! Release Hugo Leonel now!"

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The Petition

To Acting Director of ICE, John Sandweg:

I am writing to urge you to stop the deportation of Hugo Leonel Perez Ramirez (A# 077-665-965) who is currently detained at the Stewart Detention Center. Hugo Leonel has a 5 year-old U.S. citizen son who desperately needs him. Every day that he is without his father he risks severe emotional, financial and physical deprivation. His mother will be unable to subsist much longer without him, and this will directly impact this young child. According to the Morton Memo, he is a low priority for deportation and should be released immediately. Thus, there is absolutely no proper reason why this father and upstanding person should be detained a moment longer.

In the morning of December 23, 2013, ICE raided the home of Hugo Leonel and his family in Durham, North Carolina at 5am while they were sleeping. Without a knock on the door, ICE entered Hugo Leonel's home, walked up the stairs, knocked down the door of his room, handcuffed him, and dragged him out. Hugo's older sons cried and pleaded for ICE agents to take them instead of their father, but their cries were ignored. Their father was ripped away from them and their family was torn apart that morning. Hugo Leonel is currently being held in Stewart Detention Center and faces imminent deportation.

Hugo Leonel is the only provider for his family and, if deported, his U.S citizen son and his wife will drastically and unnecessarily suffer. His criminal record consists of a DWI for which he was released on bond being it was his first offense. He completed an alcohol treatment program and his hours of community service.

Hugo Leonel's first attempt to reunite with his family here in the U.S. was in 2000, but he was caught at the border and deported. Furthermore, an accident in 1999 left his right leg disabled. Despite the obstacles, Hugo is the only breadwinner in his household. If deported, Hugo Leonel's 5 year-old U.S. citizen son, Rhodinson, would be left to grow up without his father. Hugo Leonel's wife, Edilma, suffers from diabetes and, recently, had surgery to remove a tumor from her arm. Edilma relies upon Hugo Leonel's earnings to help pay for critical medications.

Hugo Leonel has made a life for himself and his family here in the United States. If he or his family were deported, this would go against our humanitarian principles and would likely result in medical complications for his wife.

According to the memo issued by John Morton, Hugo Leonel is a low priority case and should be granted favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. If deported, Hugo Leonel's family would suffer at a minimum extreme and unbearable hardship. Please keep this family together. I urge you to release Hugo Leonel Perez Ramirez (A# 077-665-965) from Stewart Detention Center and call on ICE to immediately stop his deportation.

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