Please join the New Orleans Congress of Day Laborers and the #Not1More Campaign in supporting Jose Adan and helping stop his deportation.
Dear Director Rivera,
I am writing with great concern regarding Mr. Jose Adan Torres-Henriquez (A#200-061-563) and in support of his request for prosecutorial discretion and his release from detention.
Mr. Torres-Henriquez is currently detained in Pine Prairie Correction Center and is facing removal from the United States. He is the father of two young US citizen children who are 6 years old and 7 months old. His youngest daughter was born premature and is suffering from a severe neurological condition, causing seizures, that may result in long term developmental disorders thus requiring close medical attention. If Mr. Torres-Henriquez is deported, Ms. Franco would not be able to provide the round the clock medical attention that his daughter needs and her already fragile health would be put at further risk. His older daughter also also suffers from what her medical provider calls “recurrent tonsilitis” brought on by allergies and streptococcal infections, which has made her sick 2-3 times per month. Mr. Torres-Henriquez’s presence is critcal for the coninued medical care for both of his young U.S. citizen daughters.
Mr. Torres-Henriquez has lived in the United States for almost twelve years. He moved to Louisiana immediately after Hurricane Katrina. As a reconstruction worker, Mr. Torres-Henriquez was able to support his family as well as provide a vital service in a city hit hard by a natural disaster.
I am aware that Mr. Torres-Henriquez has a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge from 2013. He responsibly attended all of his court hearings and eventually pled guilty to the charge. He was sentenced to a driver’s improvement course, a substance abuse evaluation, community service hours, and probation. He did not serve any jail time. Mr. Torres-Henriquez dutifully and purposly completed all sentences imposed by the court, including a substance abuse and alcohol education program. Under Louisiana law, Mr. Torres-Henriquez is eligible to have his charge expunged, and has retained an attorney regarding his DWI case. He has no other criminal history.
While I understand that his 2013 arrest and subsequent conviction for driving while intoxicated are extremely serious and are factors in your decision, there are many mitigating factors in Mr. Torres-Henriquez’s case to be considered. I urge you to take all of these factors into consideration and stay the removal of Mr. Torres-Hesnriquez during this critical time while his daughter is still suffering from a life threatening seizure disorder.
Jose Adan has been detained at Pine Prarie Correction Center and could be deported at any moment.
His youngest daughter Kimberley was born premature and is suffering from a severe neurological condition, causing seizures, that may result in long term developmental disorders thus requiring close medical attention. Jose Juan is responsible for all of the baby’s medical needs, and she would not be able to go with him if he were deported. Treatment for seizures in El Salvador is sparse and the medication that baby Kimberly must take daily to treat her seizures is sparse and often difficult to come by. In addition, Jose Juan’s older daughter Julissa, also suffers from what her medical provider calls “recurrent tonsilitis” brought on by allergies and stepetococcal infections. Jose Juan’s presence is critcal for the coninued medical care for both of his young U.S. citizen daughters.
The New Orleans Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office is pursuing Jose Adan’s deportation insisting that he is priority for deportation because of an old driving under the influence charge. However, the Department of Homeland Security’s own criteria indicate that even the cases of people with misdemeanors like a DUI should be weighed against other factors, such as the suffering and hardship his daughters would go through if he were deported.
Please sign below and make a call to the New Orleans ICE office to make sure that they are taking all of these factors into consideration, and to support Jose Juan’s release and an end to his deportation.
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