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FB_IMG_1454341032995Yesterday local organizers in Chicago got word that a mother of 3, Lesly Sophia Cortez-Martinez, was stopped by Border Patrol at O’Hare airport. She was on her way back from a family trip in Mexico, and was detained even though she had been granted advanced parole as a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient.

With the help of supporters, elected officials who intervened, and her attorney, we were able to delay Lesly’s deportation and convince the Customs and Border Protection agency to review her case.

However, this morning CBP put Lesly on a plane and deported her to Mexico with her two youngest children, including her 6 month old son whom she was still nursing. Her 11-year old and her husband remain in the country. Read more

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Six months ago Manuel Lopez's 11-year old daughter, Bria, locked herself to the gates of the immigration office in Milwaukee,Wisconsin demanding his release. Just last week, Manuel was released from detention. Knowing well he is not the only one, Manuel has come back to Milwawkee ready to continue supporting other families in detention, and has joined the local organizing efforts to keep families together. Read more

On Tuesday March 18th ICE went to the home of Cecilio Gutierrez-Berdin in Aurora, Illinois and took him away in front of his two children. Since then, Cecilio has been detained at the Tri-County Detention Center in southern Illinois and could be deported as early as this week. ICE is looking to deport Cecilio even though he has applied for DACA and also has an approved visa petition from his US Citizen wife. Below we share with you a letter that Cecilio’s 7-year-old son, Yandel, wrote to his father:

Please tell the Chicago ICE Field Office to exercise their prosecutorial discretion and grant his stay of removal request.



Dear daddy, when are you returning? In which hotel are you and at what number can I call you so that I can see you? So that I can see you. I miss you. Come back to us. We need you here with us. Alan also misses you a lot. Bye. I love you a lot. I hope you return soon.

Please tell the Chicago ICE Field Office to exercise their prosecutorial discretion and grant his stay of removal request.


Tacoma, WA – Jose Moreno, newly released hunger strike leader, spoke publicly about conditions inside the Northwest Detention Center and the reasons for the hunger strike. Speaking at a press conference just outside of cement walls that separated him from his family he said, “It’s really sad to see families being separated every day and people are tired of this.” Read more


While Jose Maria Islas Connecticut remains in immigration detention and could be deported at any moment, his family and community are rallying for him to stay, and his case is now championed by US Senator Chris Murphy and US Sen. Richard Blumenthal. Both Senators have sent a letter to ICE Director John Morton, urging him to stop the deportation of Mr. Jose Maria Islas, especially as Congress debates immigration reform. Below are the two letters:

Letter from Senator Murphy 


Letter from Senator Blumenthal

[Read Senator’s Press Release regarding his support here]

May 28, 2013

The Honorable John Morton, Director United States Department of Homeland Security  Immigration and Customs Enforcement  500 12th Street, SW  Washington, DC 20536

Dear Director Morton,

On April 18, 2013, I wrote to you regarding the case of Josemaria Islas (A 205 497 397; DOB: February 2, 1978).  In that letter, I expressed concern regarding Mr. Islas’s scheduled deportation, particularly in light of possible legislation that might allow him to remain in this country. Since my letter, the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved legislation that would almost certainly allow Mr. Islas to have his deportation order revoked. See S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, sec. 2101 (providing for immigrants subject to a final removal order to receive registered provisional immigrant status and terminate the removal order).

As a member of the Judiciary Committee who took an active role in shaping S. 744, I was pleased that the committee approved legislation to retain provisions that would protect immigrants like Mr. Islas. Further, the Board of Immigration Appeals continues to wrestle with the question of whether the deportation of an immigrant with Mr. Islas’s history violates the Eighth Amendment’s protections against cruel and unusual punishment and Fifth Amendment due process rights.

The legal basis for deporting Mr. Islas has been questioned by Congress and challenged in the courts. More fundamentally, Mr. Islas has no criminal record, and there is no evidence that he poses any threat to his neighbors in the United States. Rather, Mr. Islas’s history indicates that if he is allowed to remain in the country he calls home he will use that opportunity to continue contributing to the community that he has embraced and that has embraced him. I understand and respect the difficult and important tasks that ICE faces, but I cannot understand how deporting Mr. Islas would be the best use of ICE’s resources or best serve the intent of the law.

I urge you to grant Mr. Islas a stay of deportation until the Board of Immigration Appeals has a chance to rule on the constitutional question raised by his case, and until Congress has the opportunity to decide whether deporting immigrants like Mr. Islas is in the best interests of the United States.  Deporting Mr. Islas or others like him while the legal basis for their deportation may yet be eliminated would be wasteful, unfair, and unduly harsh. Thank you again for your consideration. If you would like to discuss this matter further, please contact Sam Simon at 202-224-2823.


Richard Blumenthal  United States Senator


Even with the support of these two Senators, Director John Morton continues to refuse to let Jose Maria out of detention or to close his deportation case. Please consider supporting Jose Maria and his family, by signing his petition and calling ICE.