As long as we keep our suffering to our kitchen tables and half empty beds, they will call for reviews and meetings and ultimately keep their policies the way they are. Our sons’ imprisonment hasn’t been enough to get them to act. We hope our hunger strike will.
Since Edgar and his family began to fight his deportation publicly, we stopped him from getting on a plane 3 times, thanks to support from people like you and his community. ICE told Edgar and his family that they needed to file a complicated motion in limited time. They have complied and filed all the motions and requests that ICE has indicated are necessary to evaluate his case. Edgar’s case has also been given to White House staff for review, as well as to close advisors to DHS Secretary Johnson.
In August 2013 Fernando was stopped at a roadblock and charged with driving without a license. The local police officers told Fernando that they would take him to jail due to his immigration status. One month later, ICE officers apprehended Mr. Figueroa-Barajas and took him into custody. When Fernando refused to sign the papers presented to him and asked to speak to an attorney, he was beaten and kicked by the ICE officers while he was shackled hands and feet. While being transferred to another immigration detention facility, he was refused medical care although he was vomiting blood. When he attempted to speak about the abuse he had suffered, he was categorized as suicidal and placed in solitary confinement. In response to that incident, Fernando has submitted a Complaint to the Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, a complaint with DHS General Counsel and the Office of Principal Legal Advisor, and is filing a federal civil rights complaint in the US District Court for Mississippi. This makes Fernando an individual engaged in legitimate efforts to protect his civil rights, one of the factors to be taken into consideration when considering prosecutorial discretion. The New Orleans ICE office denied Mr. Figueroa-Barajas a stay of removal on February 27th, and his attorney has requested Headquarter Review, which is pending while he is in detention.
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