Five days before he was separated from his family by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Efrain was arrested by the Rower Police Department at a traffic stop for not having his lights on. His family paid a $4,600 bond, Efrain was released and was given a court date for next month. But this encounter with local law enforcement put Efrain on ICE’s radar and a previous deportation from July 2015 became ICE’s main excuse to pursue his deportation.
Based on DHS memoranda ICE has to review each case and consider all the factors before making a decision on whether or not to deport an individual. In Efrain’s situation, he returned to the country after he was deported in 2015 to reunite with his family and provide for his daughter, who was born with a medical condition that requires speech therapy and surgeries to improve her condition.
Moreover, Efrain’s 2015 deportation was triggered by a traffic infraction for driving without a license, under bad legal advice from his attorney at the time he signed his own deportation. When realized the consequences of this he tried to reverse his decision but the request was denied by an immigration judge only because his attorney was not prepared during the appeal process.
If deported, Efrain would leave behind a 6 year-old daughter who depends on him for emotional and economic support. Although Efrain has a previous deportation and a DUI conviction from 2001, for which he completed probation and paid his fines, he is primary caretaker for his family and should be allowed to stay in the country.
Please help us urge the Georgia ICE office to release Efrain from the Irwin Detention Center and stop his deportation.
To: Assistant Director J.D. Thorp
Assistant Director Sean Ervin
ICE Georgia Field Office
Dear Mr. Thorp and Mr. Ervin,
I am writing to bring to your attention the urgent case of Mr. Efrain Bueno-Miranda (A# 208-033-317), father of a 6 year-old US citizen. He came to the United States 20 years ago from Michoacan, Mexico looking for a better life for his family and settled in Georgia.
On February 12, 2016 Mr. Bueno-Miranda was arrested by the Rower Police Department at a traffic stop for not having his lights on. His family paid a $4,600 bond to get him out of jail, he was released and received a court date for March 7, 2016. This arrest by local law enforcement put Mr. Bueno-Miranda’s on ICE’s radar, and on February 17th he was detained by ICE agents as he was leaving his house to go to work.
Last year, Mr. Bueno-Miranda was arrested for driving without a license, under bad legal advice by his attorney he signed his deportation order. When realized the consequences of this he tried to reverse his decision but his request was denied by an immigration judge only because his attorney was not prepared during the appeal process. His 2015 deportation jeopardized his daughter health, who was born a learning disability and needs speech therapies and surgeries to improve her condition. If deported again, his daughter’s health would be negatively impacted, causing great stress on Mr. Bueno-Miranda’s family.
Although Efrain has a previous deportation and a DUI conviction from 2001, for which he completed probation and paid his fines, he is the main caretaker for his family and should be allowed to stay in the country.
I ask that you use prosecutorial discretion to stop Mr. Bueno-Miranda deportation and allow him to reunite with his daughter.
Categories: Deportation Cases, Open Cases
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