Adopted in 1985 and Suffering From Bipolar Depression - Release David Now!
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Call Los Angeles ICE Office @ 213-830-7911
Call Victorville FCC @ 760-246-2400
Sample Script: I am calling to ask for the immediate release of Samio David Costa Drouin (A#40-478-017), currently being held at the Victorville Federal Correctional Complex in Adelanto, California. David was adopted by a U.S. citizen in 1985 and has lived here nearly his entire life. He is a father of two U.S. citizen daughters. Let David go!"
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To Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, John Morton, and Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano:
I am writing to ask that you that you release Samio David Costa Drouin (A# 40-478-017) from the Victorville Federal Correctional Complex in Adelanto, California. David is a father of two U.S. citizen daughters (ages 9 and 12) and suffers from bipolar depression and was recently transferred to Victorville after originally being detained at West Texas Detention Facility. His U.S. citizen step-father went through the adoption process beginning in 1984 to legally adopt David, which became official in 1985.
David has spent nearly his entire life in the U.S. from kindergarten through high school graduation, arriving when he was just five years old. He was ordered removed to Brazil in 2009 over a burglary charge when he stole $350 from a restaurant while self-medicating for his bipolar condition.
The officers who accompanied him to Brazil, a country he had no knowledge of and did not understand the language, dumped him off and asked him, "where are the bitches over here," showing a consistent disregard for humanity.
The Brazilian government did not recognize the deportation as it "considers the deportation of individuals who underwent the adoption process as minors, to a country to which these individuals have no ties or knowledge of the native language, to be a clear violation of human rights."
ICE attempts to justify David's detention and removal on his burglary charge, yet Brazil and the Brazilian embassy see this as a clear violation of human rights since those adopted by U.S. citizens are considered to have the same rights as a biological child.
David is suffering from depression over his detention and separation from his two young daughters. ICE has no basis to have David removed from the only country he has known. I urge you to take immediate action to secure the release of Samio David Costa Drouin (A# 40-478-017).