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  • Eliseo is set to be deported tomorrow!

     

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    Diego Vasquez Santiago (A# 089 27 3840) turned 27 years old on August 15th while in detention. He has been living in the US since he was 13 years old, and has a 3 year old daughter whom he loves. He only has on misdemeanor for being in a car where one gram of marijuana was found. Him and his friend were both charged for it, and then Diego was placed in deportation proceedings.  

    While he was in jail, Diego enrolled to finish high school, a project which he was been working on in detention too. Graduating from high school is the last requirement for being elegible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. But immigration has refused to let him go. 
    Diego had court on August 14th and at the time took voluntary departure, because he no longer wanted to be in detention. He said detention felt like dying.  But two days later, he decided to appeal. Now he has found out he will be getting deported tomorrowfriday August 23rd, even though he wants to appeal.
    Please call ICE and tell them to keep Diego in the US so he can fight to be with his family!
    1. Call Chicago Field Director Wong, 312 347 2400 [Wait for the answering machine to end, and record your message]
    2. Call Chicago Public Advocate, Sylvia Bonaccorsi-Manno, 312 347 2400 x 2474

    "Hello, I am calling in support of Diego Vasquez Santiago (A# 089-27-3840). He has been living in the US since he was 13 years old, has one US citizen daughter. He is trying to finish his GED from jail, and only has one misdemeanor. Please stop his deportation"

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    Diego Vasquez Santiago (A# 089 27 3840) turned 27 years old on August 15th while in detention. He has been living in the US since he was 13 years old, and has a 3 year old daughter whom he loves. He only has on misdemeanor for being in a car where one gram of marijuana was found. Him and his friend were both charged for it, and then Diego was placed in deportation proceedings.  

    While he was in jail, Diego enrolled to finish high school, a project which he was been working on in detention too. Graduating from high school is the last requirement for being elegible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. But immigration has refused to let him go. 
    Diego had court on August 14th and at the time took voluntary departure, because he no longer wanted to be in detention. He said detention felt like dying.  But two days later, he decided to appeal. Now he has found out he will be getting deported tomorrowfriday August 23rd, even though he wants to appeal.
    Please call ICE and tell them to keep Diego in the US so he can fight to be with his family!
    1. Call Chicago Field Director Wong, 312 347 2400 [Wait for the answering machine to end, and record your message]
    2. Call Chicago Public Advocate, Sylvia Bonaccorsi-Manno, 312 347 2400 x 2474

    "Hello, I am calling in support of Diego Vasquez Santiago (A# 089-27-3840). He has been living in the US since he was 13 years old, has one US citizen daughter. He is trying to finish his GED from jail, and only has one misdemeanor. Please stop his deportation"

  • Antonio, Father of 5, Must Be Released Now: His Face is Paralyzed by the Stress of Detention!

    Antonio is currently detained at Dodge County Detention Center and has been since April, 2013. The emotional and physical stress that comes from being separated from his 5 children paralyzed half of Antonio’s face. Antonio needs to be released immediately so that he can recover his mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

    Antonio arrived in the United States when he was only 15 years old, in 1986. He is now the father of 5 children, four of whom he took responsibility for despite not being their biological father. Antonio is a loving father who misses his children dearly.  His children need him to be with them, including his 13 year old U.S. citizen son. 

    ICE officials detained Antonio while on his way to an appointed community service check in. He has been attempting to resolve pending drug-related allegations, but currently does not have the freedom or resources to do so. Antonio’s family and friends, however, are standing with Antonio as a hardworking father and a welcoming community member.  Friends from the community recount how he has been there to support them, whether it has been through helping reconstruct a flooded basement or in the hospitality he has shown his neighbors. 

    Having low financial resources and deemed a “criminal” by this system does not justify separation of a family. Antonio is an asset to his community and needs to be released so he can recover from the traumatic experience of being in detention and separated from his family!

  • Release father from detention who qualifies for relief!

    Miguel Bonilla (A#205373920) has been detained for over 3 months at Dodge Detention Center. At his last court hearing the judge told him he could be released if he pays bond and can apply for cancellation of removal a form of immigration relief. However, his bond is set for $5,000 and his family members and friends cannot afford to pay bond or a lawyer.

    Miguel came to the United States over 11 years ago from Mexico. He is a father of two small citizen children and husband to a citizen wife. In 2011 he was involved in a car accident and stayed at the scene of the accident.  He was issued a court date, however he did not appear because he was afraid officials would find out about his undocumented status. Due to his lack of appearance a warrant for his arrest was issued. Unfortunately, he had an altercation with a friend who knew about the arrest warrant and called the police. Upon learning that Miguel did not have a legal status the police transferred him to an ICE detention center in Dodge County, Wisconsin where he is currently detained.

      It is an injustice to have someone separated from his family and friends merely because they cannot afford to pay bond! PLease support Miguel and sign the petition.

  • Ordered removed after a speeding ticket

    Update: Jorge Cervantes' deportation has been stayed. Thank you for the support! Please sign the petitions for the other people in deportation proceedings we are working with. You can find these at www.iyjl.org


    Jorge Cervantes (A 089283024) entered the United States on a visa in 2001, and has been living in Warrenville, Illinois ever since. Three years ago, he was stopped by the police after speeding on his way home in Dupage County, where the program Secure Communities is in full effect. Jorge was sent to the Broadview Processing Center where he refused to sign his voluntary departure and demanded to speak with a lawyer. ICE sent Jorge to the Tri-County Detention Center where he spent a week before his family was able to get a lawyer. In March 2013 Jorge had court and a judge ordered his removal. 


    Jorge is an active member of his community, a loving husband and a hard worker in the care industry, who has lived twelve years of his life in the U.S.

    Support Jorge in his fight to remain in the U.S. with his family!

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    Jorge Cervantes (A 089283024) entro a EE.UU. con una visa en el 2001 y desde entonces a vivido en Warrenville, Illinois. Hace tres años, lo paro la policia segun por ir muy rapido cuando Jorge iba camino a casa en el condado de Dupage, donde el programa de "Comunidades Seguras" esta implementado completamente. Jorge fue llevado al centro de procesamiento de Broadview donde reuso firmar una salida voluntaria y demando hablar con un abogado. Paso una semana en detencion hasta que su familia pudo pagarle a un abogado. En Marzo del 2013 Jorge tuvo corte y un juez le dijo que se tenia que ir del pais.

    Jorge es un miembro activo de su comunidad, un buen esposo e hijo, que ha vivido un tercio de su vida en EE.UU.

    Por favor apoyen a Jorge en su lucha por permanecer en este pais con su familia! 

  • Amanda faces deportation for trying to feed her family!

    Update: Amada was deported. Thank you for your support for her and her family.

    Amanda Cuzan Orantes is 41 years old and has been living in the US for 17 years. She is the primary caretaker of her 15 year old US citizen daughter, Ana, who has cerebrla palsy and requires Amanda's help for many aspects of her life.

    Amanda is also a loving wife and mother who ended up in deportation proceedings for trying to feed her family. She tried to take a packet of chicke from a store, and spent five months in jail for for trying to feed her family. Instead of being released after completing her sentence and allowed to go back home to her daughter, Amanda was placed in deportation proceedings.

    On June 15th, 2013 she was sent to Louisiana and is currently there awaiting to be deported and separated from her family. Amanda was told she would be deported in less than two weeks.

    Please support Amanda and sign her petition! 

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    Amanda fue deportada, les agradezemos por su apoyo a ella y su familia.  

    Amanda Cazun Orantes de 41 años de edad, llego hace 17 años a los estados unidos para construir una vida mejor. Es madre de una hija ciudadana Americana, Ana,  de 15 años que tiene parálisis cerebral. Amanda le ayuda a Ana con varios aspectos de su vida cotidiana y Ana necesita que su mama este con ella.

    Amanda esta en porceso de deportacion por tratar de darle de comer a su familia. Se trato de llevar un paquete de pollo de la tienda, y pago cinco meses separade de su familia en la carcel. Al cumplir los cinco meses, en lugar de poder regresar con su esposo e hija, Amanda fue puesta en proceso de deportacion.

    En Junio 15, 2013 Amanda fue transferida a Louisiana y ahora esta ahi. Le han dicho que tiene menos dos semanas para pelear en contra de su deportacion.

    Por favor apoyen a Amanda y firmen su peticion!

  • Release Celio while he fights for asylum!

  • Heriberto, father of two, needs support to stay with family

    Heriberto Pacheco is a legal permanent resident, father of two US citizen children and one more on the way, who has been living in the US for over fourteen years. Heriberto has been in detention since april and he has no felonies. Heriberto's last court date was July 18th, 2013. He was ordered removed. Heriberto wants to stay with his family. He needs community support. Please sign this petition on his behalf.

  • Traffic Stop Could Lead to Deportation of Illinois Father

    Octavio came to the United States at 17, fleeing abuse from his father in Guanajuato, Mexico in 1985. In early April, he was driving from work and had parked outside his house, when police drove up to his car, and told him that he had run a stop sign two blocks back. The police officer asked to see his driver's license, but Octavio questioned the officer's actions instead, arguing that he was already parked in front of his house. Eventually, Octavio told the officer that he could not provide a driver's license due to his immigration status, and he was arrested. 

    Octavio was released from jail almost immediately, but 3 weeks later several immigration agents showed up in front of his house and detained him. He is now being held in Dodge County Facility in Wisconsin.

    While he has been there, he has talked to other detainees and helped them connect with community advocates who are now supporting them fight their cases. He has been the source of hope for many who had not been able to communicate with their families or other advocates. 

    But now he needs our help. The Chicago immigration office has denied his request for prosecutorial discretion, and insists on deporting him. 

    Octavio has lived in the US for 27 years, he has a US citizen son, a US citizen brother, and a US citizen niece (in the picture), and a US citizen grandspon. He also supports his mother, who is applyin for a U visa, emotionally and finantially. He has the support of leaders in his community, including hte Mayor of his town, who has written immigration in support of Octavio's release.  But immigration insists that his prior deportation from 1997, when he visited Mexico due to a death in the family and was stopped at the border, and one misdemeanor for showing a fake ID at a store, make him priority for deportation. 

    Please send an e-mail to ICE in support of Octavio, and help us bring him back with his family. 

  • Antonio, father of 3, set to be deported tomorrow!

    Update: Thank you all who made phone calls on behalf of Antonio. Unfortunately Antonio was deported Friday May 17th, 2013, and is now in Mexico. He got there safely. ICE has succeeded in breaking up another family. But we can not give up. We must continue to support his family and others like him who face being torn apart from their loved ones by outdated and unjust laws.  

    On May 1, ICE agents came to Antonio Najera's house. They knocked on the door and when his kids answered, the agents went inside and proceded to arrest Antonio, telling him if he did not want his kids to see him get arrested to tell them to leave the room. Antonio's kids were left with a stranger who then left the children alone after their father was arrested.

    Antonio has three US citizen children who depende on him. He is a good father who spent time with his kids and helped them with their homework. Antonio is currently in detention and is set to be deported tomorrow, May 17th!

    “They came into the house and arrested my dad without giving him any reasons, they took him and left us on our own in the house.  My dad is a good man and my siblings and I need him.” Yesenia Najera, 11, Antonio’s daughter.

    Please sign the petiton to hel stop Antonio Najera's deportation.

  • Lourdes, Mother of Four, Could Be Deported in 2 Weeks!

     Lourdes has been told she has to leave the country by May 30, 2013. If she’s deported, she will be separated from her four DACA-eligible children, who rely on Lourdes for emotional and financial support.

    In 2010, Lourdes was involved in a traffic incident when a man backed up his car into Lourdes’ truck. Lourdes did not report the incident because she does not have a driver’s license. However, the man who crashed into her truck put in a complaint against her. Lourdes spent three days in jail and was transferred to Broadview Detention Center. While she was released hours later, she was placed in deportation proceedings and faces deportation on May 30.

    Lourdes has been living in the United States for over eleven years. She has worked hard to provide for her four children and has grown to become a valuable member of her community. Lourdes fears going back to Mexico and feels her life could be in danger due to the violence in her home state of Jalisco.

    Why is ICE trying to deport a mother of four DACA-eligible children, two of whom have already been granted deferred action? Please sign the petition and make a phone call to demand that ICE stop Lourdes' deportation!

  • Help get Wilmar out of detention!

    Update: Wilmar was released Today, May 16th from detention. The Motion to reopen was granted thanks to your calls and action. His next court date is June of next year, and in the meantime he can be with his family. Thank you! 


    Wilmar Guzman (A097-745-437) came to the U.S. in 2004 when he was 17 years old to reunite with his family. He came because in El Salvador organized criminal groups attempted to extort him for having family who lived in the U.S. He has been living in this country for over 7 years, and is fighting to stay.

    When Wilmar arrived to the U.S. he came in contact with Immigration authorities, because he was under age an adult had to sign for him to be released. That adult, who was not a family member of his, never told Wilmar he had to show up to court. As a result Wilmar had a deportation order he nor his family were aware of from 2004. On March 21st, 2013 Wilmar was driving to Las Vegas to see his family, when he was stopped by police. Because he did not have a license the police ran his name, saw his deportation order and arrested him. Immigration picked him up shortly after.

    Wilmar is an active member of his community. He is enrolled in GED classes, goes to church regularly, and does not have a criminal record. Wilmar’s 5 brothers and sisters love and depend on him. He is the oldest and works when he can to support his family. Before Wilmar got picked up by ICE he would play soccer every weekend in the park, coaching his eight year old brother to play.

    Help Wilmar be there to see his little brother play! Tell ICE to let him out of detention while his case is decided and let him be with his family!

  • Let Dina stay with her 3 year old son!

    UPDATE: Thank you for your support in Dina's case. Yesterday May 9th, she was given a stay of removal by ICE for at least a year. Dina had been to several lawyers throughout this past year and they had all told her she had no choice but to leave the country. 


    Thanks to organizing and the support of the public, the support of several community organizations including the Latino Organization of the Southwest and the Immigrant Youth Justice League, as well as Rep. Gutierrez and Senator Durbin, Dina will now be able to stay in the US with her son and her partner. Yesterday Dina said no mother should be going through what she went through. And indeed no human being should go through the pain and uncertainty of knowing whether you are going to be able to live with your loved ones.


    Dina's case is one of many. Help us continue to fight deportations, one at a time if we have to, holding ICE, DHS and President Obama's administration accountable to our families and communities.

    Thank you and please sign and spread the word about the following cases and help get these two people released from detention and home to their families:

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    Dina came to the U.S. at the age of 20, fleeing gang harassment and violence in El Salvador. She is the mother and primary caretaker of a three year old U.S. citizen son. She could be deported as soon as next week, days before mother's day.
    Dina was placed into removal proceedings after police came searching her home for the previous inhabitant and arrested her instead. Police turned her over to ICE once they realized she was not a citizen, even though no criminal charges were brought against her.

    Dina was bonded out and moved to file for asylum, but was denied in 2011. She appealed the decision and was denied again this past March.


    “I am afraid to go back to EL Salvador, not only because of what I experienced, but also because of the violence my family living there still experiences. I do not want my son to grow up in that environment.”
    Dina de la Paz Alvayero Centeno should receive deferred action and a stay of removal in a favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. She is the primary caretaker of her three-year-old U.S. citizen son and is afraid to return to El Salvador due to the gang harassment and violence that she and her family have experienced. Ms. De la Paz Alvayero Centeno is an important leading member of our community and a loving mother who deserves to be with her U.S. citizen child.


    Please sign the petiton and make a call to ICE in support of Dina. Call:

    1. Dina's deportation officer Limaris O'Farrill (312) 347 2400 extension 2196 

    2. Chicago ICE Field Director Ricardo Wong, (312) 347-2400, press * to speak to the operator

    3. ICE Director John Morton, (202) 732-3000 

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    “I am calling to ask ICE to favorably exercise prosecutorial discretion and give Dina de la Paz Alvayero Centeno (A200 815 633) deferred action and a stay of removal. She is the primary caretaker of her three year old U.S. citizen son and has no criminal record. Please exercise prosecutorial discretion and let her remain with her son in the U.S.”

    See more about Dina at the recent Mayday March in Chicago:

  • Brenda is a DACA eligible Young Mother in Immigration Detention, Could Be Deported THIS Thursday

    UPDATE: Brenda was deported in late April despite wide-spread community advocacy. Thank you for your support. 

    Brenda was supposed to be deported last Thursday April 4th, but because of the organizing and calls, she has at least another week.

    Please help us keep Brenda with her five US citizen children and her family.

    These could be her last days in the country where she grew up, unless we show her support. 

    Brenda came to the U.S.  when she was 6 years old. When she was 15, she had her first child with a 24 year old man who was psychologically abusive. Now she is 22, married to the love of her life, and mother of 5 U.S. citizen children. She was in the process of registering for her GED classes and apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) when she was placed in deportation proceedings.

    If released she would enroll in GED classes and apply for DACA. ICE has the ability to stop her deportation, but instead immigration officials are pressuring her to agree to go home by putting her in solitary confinement for 1-2 hours every day. Please show Brenda the community stands behind her. Sign the petition below.

    Brenda is a young mother who has only worked to protect her children. She first was arrested when in order to avoid eviction, she turned to a pay-day lender, and applied using a made-up social security number. The office called the police, and she ended up pleading guilty to two misdemeanors. Because it was her first encounter with the criminal system, she was given 15 days of work diversion.

    When Brenda was being evicted from her home the sheriff came to enforce the eviction, and refused to listen to her story, and arrested her in front of her children. Now in immigration detention, ICE refuses to let her see a judge, or release her from detention, claiming that her misdemeanors make her an "ilegal alien with a felony." But her community is behind her, and her mother wont give up.

  • Irish Businessman from Illinois Faces Deportation This Wednesday

    UPDATE: Keith was deported in early April. Thank you for your support. 

    Keith Chambers is a small-bussiness owner from Illinois who supports 3 U.S. citizen family members. He is scheduled to be deported this Wednesday April 3, 2013! Help us stop his deportation!

    Keith came to the U.S. from Ireland in 2008, and met and fell in love with Julieann Fields. They were married on February 14, 2009, and have spent the last four years together as a family, living in Chicago's northwest side. Keith has been a father to Julieann's two sons, Nolan and Owen, now ages 16 and 17. He is the only father the boys know, and he supports Julieann and her sons emotionally, as well as financially.

    Unfortunately, the family was broken apart on February 12, 2013 when Keith was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Reported by a co-worker, ICE first went to Keith's home, and then picked him up while driving on the expressway with his older son. He is currently in custody at Kenosha County Detention Center. Because Keith came here from Ireland on a visa waiver, he has not been given a bond, or the right to see a judge. Julieann filed a spousal petition for Keith in May of 2012, but now they are worried that Keith will be deported before they have a chance to complete their petition.

    Please grant Keith (A# 204-132-268) prosecutorial discretion and administratively close his case, so that he, Julieann, Nolan and Owen can keep their family together.

  • Landlord Called Police on DACA-elegible Youth, ICE Wants To Deport Her This Thursday

    Brenda came to the U.S.  when she was 6 years old. When she was 15, she had her first child with a 24 year old man who was psychologically abusive. Now she is 22, married to the love of her life, and mother of 5 U.S. citizen children. She was in the process of registering for her GED classes and apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) when she was placed in deportation proceedings.

    Immigration officials wont give her the chance to go before a judge, and say that she will be deported this Thursday April 4th.

    Brenda is a young and responsible mother who has only worked to protect her children. She first was arrested when in order to avoid eviction, she turned to a pay-day lender, and applied using a made-up social security number. The office called the police, and she ended up pleading guilty to two misdemeanors. Because it was her first encounter with the criminal system, she was given 15 days of work diversion. 

     When Brenda was being evicted from her home the sheriff came to enforce the eviction, and refused to listen to her story, and arrested her in front of her children. Now in immigration detention, ICE refuses to let her see a judge, or release her from detention, claiming that her misdemeanors make her an "ilegal alien with a felony." But her community is behind her, and her mother wont give up.

    If released she would enroll in GED classes and apply for DACA. ICE has the ability to stop her deportation. USCIS can determine that she is DACA elegible. Please sign the petition below to support Brenda. 

  • Genoveva was released! Now tell ICE to stop her deportation!

    Genoveva and FamilyUpdate: On February 25th Genoveva was released from the immigration detention center in McHerny County. However, she is still facing deportation. Tell ICE they should stop wasting resources in pursuing Abuelita Genoveva's removal.

    Genoveva Ramirez Lagunas is a 63 year old grandmother of a U.S. citizen, and has lived in the United States for the last 13 years. She has no criminal history, and has been a contributing member of the community, and a loving mother and grandmother. Mrs. Ramirez currently suffers from high blood pressure and has already undergone thyroid surgery. She needs daily medication.

    She was placed in deportation proceedings when she was driving home from work, and a police officer allegedly saw her cross the white line at a red light. Although she had insurance, she was not able to provide a driver’s license, and the police officer took her into custody. It was there when they found an old immigration case from 2006. During a family outing, Genoveva was a passenger in a car that took the wrong road, and could not turn back before crossing the border to Canada. She was given an immigration court in New York, which she could not attend because she and her family did not have money. For this mistake, she is being held in immigration detention, and could be deported separating her from her daughter, husband and grandson.

    Please sign the petition below to tell ICE her deportation must be stopped! 

  • Release Juan Carlos Vera: Dreamer & Father Of a 9-Month Old Son Detained for Looking for Work.

    Juan Carlos and Familiy

    Juan Carlos Vera (A# 205 282 375) came to the United States with his parents when he was 11 years old in 1998, graduated from Bolingbrook high school, and established a life for himself in Illinois. He is married to a U.S. citizen with whom he has a 9 month old son, and  has another baby on the way. He is currently detained at the McHenry Detention Center, after a human resource person called the police because he was undocumented. The HR employee claimed that it was her “civic duty” to report Juan Carlos.

    Juan Carlos is a husband, a Dreamer, and a father who deserves to stay in the U.S. He is an active member of his community, volunteering for get-out the vote and electoral campaigns in his neighborhood. He is the main provider for his family and his deportation would bring economic and emotional hardships for his pregnant wife and his 9 month old son, both of whom are U.S. citizens. 

    Help us get Juan Carlos back to his family! Sign the petition below!