He Helped Police Solve Murder Crimes! Don't Deport Charbel Chehoud
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John Tsoukaris
Secretary of Homeland Security
Janet Napolitano
ICE Assistant Director
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New Jersey-10
Rep. Donald Payne
New Jersey
Sen. Cory Booker
New Jersey
Sen. Robert Menendez

He Helped Police Solve Murder Crimes! Don't Deport Charbel Chehoud

    1. veronica  garcia
    2. Petition by

      veronica garcia

      Jersey City, NJ

URGENT Update [Wed. 1/11/12]: Charbel is set to be deported TODAY. 

 

Can you spare a minute to call Field ICE Supervisor Raquel Martinez at 973-776-3281 and ask for Charbel’s release? Here is a sample script you can use:

"Hi, my name is ______ and I'm calling to ask that you cancel the deportation of Charbel (Char-bell) "Charlie" Chehoud (Chay-hood). His A number is 094-115-104. I agree with New Jersey police that he should be freed after helping them solve high-profile crimes. Thank you."

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"Charbel Chehoud helped NJ police solve crimes, including a brutal murder. Now he's facing deportation back to a country where he fears for his life - and he could be deported TODAY. Help his fiance Veronica keep Charbel here. Please SIGN & SHARE" 

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Charbel Chehoud arrived in the United States on a valid visa escaping religious persecution in Lebanon more than 30 years ago. As a Christian, he was a target for harassment, prejudice and even violence. After he escaped to the United States, he married a US citizen and applied for asylum, but the marriage broke up before he obtained a green card.

 

A few years ago, a former co-worker confessed witnessing a murder to Chehoud. Knowing that he risked his life and everything and everyone that he knew and loved in the United States, Chehoud bravely went forward to New Jersey police and gave them the information that helped law enforcement solve a high-profile case that would have gone cold without Chehoud’s assistance. "Police and prosecutors say the tip from Charbel Chehoud, who wasn’t involved in the [case], was so critical to solving the case, he should be allowed to stay in the United States."

Since then, Chehoud has worked as an undercover for New Jersey law enforcement and helped solve multiple cases. During one operation, he was undercover with a New Jersey Police Detective when his car broke down and he missed a court date, leading to a judge ordering him deported. 

New Jersey prosecutors and police have asked ICE not to deport Charbel Chehoud, but he is nevertheless being held in detention in solitary confinement and ICE will likely be trying to deport him as early as Wednesday. He has resisted earlier deportations because he fears for his life—his brother was killed in July 2011 in a suspicious auto-pedestrian accident in Beirut.

Charbel Chehoud is currently engaged to a U.S. citizen and has a pending asylum case in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. He is not subject to mandatory detention, has no criminal record, and needs to remain the U.S. in order to move forward with his immigration case. Tell ICE that someone who has risked his life to keep New Jersey citizens safer deserves to stay in the country he calls home.

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 12,500 signatures
    2. Jersey City police officer protests looming deportation of former informant

      Gabriela Garcia
      Petition Organizer

      NEWARK — A Jersey City police officer joined a dozen protesters outside the Essex County jail in Newark today supporting a former informant who is at risk of being deported.

      "I feel he’s serving time as a hardcore criminal," Officer Jessica Cruz, an eight-year veteran of the department, said of Charbel "Charlie" Chehoud, a Lebanese immigrant who has been detained since October 2010.

    3. NJ religious groups host vigil for Charbel Chehoud Tues 1/31

      Gabriela Garcia
      Petition Organizer

      Who: Pax Christi NJ & American Friends Service Committee

      What: Vigil Demanding ICE Stop Inhumane Treatment of Immigrants and Release Charley

      When: Tuesday January 31st, 12pm

      Where: Essex County Correctional Facility (354 Doremus Avenue, Newark, NJ 07105)

    4. Attorney: Man Facing Deportation May Have Been Mistreated

      Gabriela Garcia
      Petition Organizer

      (01/11/12) NEWARK - An attorney for Charbel "Charlie" Chehoud, a Jersey City man who is facing deportation, says her client may have been mistreated.

      Carla McBeath represents Chehoud, who is currently being detained by federal authorities and is due to be sent back to his native Lebanon. McBeath says Chehoud doesn't meet the criteria for deportation...

    5. Reached 10,000 signatures
    6. Reached 8,000 signatures
    7. NJ Star Ledger: Lebanese immigrant should not be forced to leave America

      Rachel LaBruyere
      Petition Organizer

      An article by the New Jersey Star Ledger Editorial Board today:

      "The planned deportation of Charbel “Charlie” Chehoud of Jersey City is another awful milestone in our idiotic immigration system. Everything should be done to allow Chehoud to stay in the United States".

    8. After helping authorities, Jersey City man now faces deportation

      Gabriela Garcia
      Petition Organizer

      JERSEY CITY — In 2006, a former coworker told Charbel "Charlie" Chehoud about a fishing trip he took years ago that ended with a man being thrown overboard into Sandy Hook Bay, a murder made to look like an accidental tragedy.

      Chehoud tipped off authorities, who had ruled the 1999 death of Michael Augulis an accidental drowning, and in the process cracked the closed case wide open. Two months later, state police and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s arrested two men and charged them with aggravated manslaughter, something that would not have been possible without Chehoud’s tip, according to a letter written by then-Monmouth County Prosecutor Luis Valentin....

    9. Will ICE Ignore Police and Deport Undercover Informant Charbel Chehoud?

      Rachel LaBruyere
      Petition Organizer

      Community safety advocates often warn that increased ties between federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and local police will lead to a real erosion of trust in communities, making it less likely that immigrants will report violent crimes...

    10. Reached 7,000 signatures
    11. Immigrant who Helped Solve NJ Murder Now Facing Deportation

      Gabriela Garcia
      Petition Organizer

      Despite helping law enforcement agents solve crimes that included a high-profile murder case, NJ police informant Charbel Chehoud faces deportation from the U.S. as early as Wednesday.

      Currently being held at the Essex County Jail, Chaoud says federal immigration authorities ignored recommendations by New Jersey police and prosecutors that his deportation be stopped. Chaoud, who fears for his life if he is forced to return to his homeland, has resisted five previous attempts at deportation. In July 2011 his brother was killed in a suspicious auto-pedestrian accident in Beirut...

    12. Reached 6,000 signatures
    13. Immigrant Charbel Chehoud faces deportation despite helping solve murder

      Gabriela Garcia
      Petition Organizer

      It would have been been the perfect crime: On a 1999 fishing trip, two bullies threw a third man into New Jersey’s Sandy Hook Bay, knowing he couldn’t swim.

      The drowning death of Michael Augulis was ruled an accident, and it stayed that way until a Lebanese immigrant came to cops with the truth seven years later.

      Police and prosecutors say the tip from Charbel Chehoud, who wasn’t involved in the drowning, was so critical to solving the case, he should be allowed to stay in the United States...

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    Reasons for signing

    • Charles Varberg MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • over 2 years ago

      Deportation in general is irrational and narrow-minded, but when it's someone who has done so much for our country... it's especially wrong.

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    • Casey Rondinella BURBANK, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      He is obviously a functioning member of society. Make him a citizen so he can pay taxes. Then blame his citizenship on the citizens so you don't look weak on immigration policy

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    • MELISSA STRUGIS MIAMI, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      he has a right to help solve murders. what if your family had been murdered would you want that family to murder to be solved?

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    • Barbara Turpin WEST SACRAMENTO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm signing because ICE continuiously abuses their power, in all the wrong place. Don't screw w/The family man that may illegal, how bout those illegal gang members? OR are you afraid of them? Or taking a bribe? Why not do the RIGHT thing. A good percentage of you - were illegal earlier in your life....this I know.

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    • Joan George ANDERSON, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      Don't Deport Charbel Chehoud (A# 094-115-104) After He Helped Police Solve Crimes

      Greetings,

      I just signed the following petition addressed to: ICE.

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      Don't Deport Charbel Chehoud After He Helped Police Solve Crimes

      Charbel Chehoud (A# 094-115-104) arrived in the United States on a valid visa escaping religious persecution and war in Lebanon more than 30 years ago. He married a US citizen and applied for asylum, but the marriage broke up before he obtained a green card.

      A few years ago, a former co-worker confessed witnessing a murder to Chehoud. Knowing that he risked his life and everything and everyone that he knew and loved in the United States, Chehoud bravely went forward to New Jersey police and gave them the information that helped law enforcement solve a high-profile case that would have gone cold without Chehoud’s assistance.

      Since then, Chehoud has worked as an undercover for New Jersey law enforcement and helped solve multiple cases. During one operation, he was undercover with a New Jersey Police Detective when his car broke down and he missed a court date, leading to a judge ordering him deported.

      New Jersey prosecutors and police have asked ICE not to deport Charbel Chehoud, but he is nevertheless being held in detention in solitary confinement and ICE will likely be trying to deport him as early as Wednesday. He has resisted earlier deportations because he fears for his life—his brother was killed in July 2011 in a suspicious auto-pedestrian accident in Beirut.

      Charbel Chehoud is currently engaged to a U.S. citizen and has a pending asylum case with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. He is not subject to mandatory detention, has no criminal record, and needs to remain the U.S. in order to move forward with his immigration case. Someone who has risked his life to keep New Jersey citizens safer deserves to stay in the country he calls home.

      Charbel Chehoud overwhelmingly meets guidelines for discretion: he is engaged to a U.S. citizen, has no criminal record, has lived in the U.S. for more than 30 years, and has a pending asylum case. Please release Chehoud from detention and grant discretion so that he may remain in his community.

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