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Stop the Deportation of Adolfo Garcia and Julio Diaz
  • Petitioned Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton

Stop the Deportation of Adolfo Garcia and Julio Diaz

    1. Petition by

      Romy Lerner

      Miami Beach, FL

Adolfo Garcia Diaz and Julio Diaz Sales, Mam-speaking Mayan immigrants from Guatemala, were 17 years old when ICE agents raided their home on November 19, 2008 and beat them and their housemates. The agents had mistakenly targeted their home, as well as several others in Homestead, Florida during a multi-city operation directed at a sex trafficking network.  Neither of the young men nor their housemates was charged with any crimes, and neither have criminal histories.  Adolfo and Julio both stand under 5'5" tall, were unarmed, and posed no physical threat.  They were both lying face down on the floor in handcuffs when they were kicked in the face.  They and their housemates were so bloodied and bruised when they arrived at the immigration detention center, where they were detained for immigration violations only, that both the head of the facility and the Guatemalan consul, who visited them, expressed alarm.

Although Adolfo and Julio cooperated with a federal criminal investigation into the beatings and were granted certifications by the U.S. Attorney's Office demonstrating that cooperation, ICE is now demanding that they return to their native country.

Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) and WeCount! have sent a letter to the national director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), John Morton, calling on him to stop the deportation of these two hard-working young men.  They deserve to be treated justly after having their civil rights brutally violated.  Until ICE accepts responsibility for the actions of their agents, they will continue to abuse their power.

I'm the boys' lawyer and I started the petition because I don't trust the immigration system to not fail these boys, even after all they've been through -- and they need support from people like you to ensure they can stay in America. 


Please sign this petition to tell ICE not to deport Adolfo and Julio!

To learn more about Americans for Immigrant Justice, visit our website.

Recent signatures


    1. Adolfo and Julio returned to Guatemala today as mandated by ICE

      Romy  Lerner
      Petition Organizer

      We thank everyone who signed the petition, made a phone call, posted a link, or passed the word to others to join the effort to stop their deportation. The issue went to the highest level of ICE and DHS. We are grateful and proud of the support so many people from our movement and people of good will offered. We believe that DHS and ICE did not stay the removal of Adolfo and Julio because it would require them to admit or infer that ICE agents assaulted them and that there was a cover up. The first step in reforming an institution is to admit you have a problem. The leadership of ICE and DHS circled the wagons to protect the institution from any serious self-examination and doubled down on the local ICE decision to remove these young men from the country. Although these two young men were deported, AI Justice and We Count!, pledge to continue to seek the truth about the raid, and justice for its victims. We look back not to dwell in the past but to fight for a better future.

    2. Reached 35,000 signatures
    3. South Miami-Dade Guatemalans claim abuse by ICE during arrests

      Gabriela Garcia
      Petition Organizer

      Adolfo García and Julio Díaz, two Guatemalan cousins, were watching television in their Homestead house the night of Nov. 19, 2008, when they heard screaming in the living room.

      They say they hid in a closet, thinking robbers — or maybe killers — had broken in.

      The “intruders,” it turned out, were Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who, according to García and Díaz, ordered them to get down on the floor, where they handcuffed them. Díaz said one of the agents hit him in the chest with his fist and then kicked him in the face. García said an agent kicked him in the ribs and the mouth.

    4. Univision obtains an email from ICE agent

      Gabriela Garcia
      Petition Organizer

      "No agent was hurt," wrote one immigration agent in an email obtained by Univision. "I’m not sure what happened with the bad guys, but who cares what happened to them anyways?"

      The "bad guys" were Julio and Adolfo -- two 17-year-old boys mistakenly caught up in a botched raid.

    5. Adolfo Garcia Diaz, Julio Diaz Sales Face Deportation After Mistaken Arrest

      Gabriela Garcia
      Petition Organizer

      Immigration advocates are fighting to block the imminent deportation of two Guatemalan cousins allegedly bloodied and battered when Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents entered the wrong house during a mistaken sex trafficking raid.

      “Given what we believe our clients suffered at the hands of ICE agents, there's no question that ICE should be extending their stay of removal here in the United States,” Cheryl Little, executive director of Americans for Immigrant Justice, told The Huffington Post.

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures
    7. Adolfo & Julio will leave the U.S on Sunday unless ICE reconsiders

      Romy  Lerner
      Petition Organizer

      We have almost 800 signatures, we need 1500 to send a message to ICE. Please sign the petition if you haven't already, tweet @ICE saying don't deport them, they deserve to stay here, and/or leave the same message for DHS at 202-282-8495.

    8. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • N C APO, AP
      • about 2 years ago

      ICE agents went to my mothers house one morning looking for someone that no longer lived there and she no longer knew where said person was. The ICE agents pulled weapons out on my brothers at the time 16 and 11.

    • Judith Brink ALBANY, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      These kids did nothing wrong. Why are you being so cruel?

    • Jane Chamberlain AUSTIN, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      I am ashamed of our immigration policies. They make no human sense.

    • Dennis Shultz UNIVERSITY CITY, MO
      • over 2 years ago

      So these two young gentlemen were assaulted and abused by a pair of thugs,

      masquerading as law enforcement members. Well the answer is complete care for the injuries inflicted upon them by these thugs. The second is 10 Million apiece if they are allowed to remain in the U.S., if not twenty million apiece. Finally illiteracy is no excuse, these thugs need incarceration.

    • Debra Wells DELRAN, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      illrgal or not, they are still human beings and don't deserve to be beaten. Would those same agents that beat these boys want to see their children or families subjected to this kind of savagery?


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