Please Release John Ferron from Eloy Detention Center!
  • Petitioned Janet Napolitano

This petition was delivered to:

DHS Secretary
Janet Napolitano
Deputy Assistant Director, Custody Programs and Community Outreach
Andrew Lorenzen-Strait
Assistant Field Office Director, ICE
Eduardo Preciado
ICE Director
John Morton
President of the United States
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick

Please Release John Ferron from Eloy Detention Center!

    1. Petition by

      Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC)

John Ferron, a U.S. veteran and father of eight, is detained at the Eloy Detention Center, a for-profit immigration detention center in Eloy, Arizona. After a 10-day hunger strike to protest his prolonged detention, John remains in solitary confinement. 

He has no attorney, and he suffers from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, and Adjustment Disorder. We are asking the U.S. government to grant this veteran of the Vietnam War the dignity to mount a strong case in his defense from outside the detention facility walls. Please sign this petition to show your support for John and the thousands of U.S. veterans who have been detained and deported.

To learn more about John, visit or read this recent article on John in the Huffington Post that highlights John's hunger strike in immigration detention.

To learn more about the detention and deportation of U.S. veterans, visit

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Reached 250 signatures
    3. ICE Tries to Force Feed John

      On July 5, John Ferron called to tell us that he was taken to a county hospital, strapped down and force fed by tube today. He remains determined to continue his fast and begs his supporters to gather more signatures on this petition to the President, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and others. We hope you can help us gather signatures in the next few days, which are critical.

    4. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • M. Karen Lovell HUNTSVILLE, AL
      • 4 months ago

      It's inhumane to do this. We say we believe in human rights. Whose human rights????? Tell me again! This situation tells me otherwise. I detest this. It's deplorable!

    • Janet Bernhard NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL
      • 7 months ago

      Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with God......

    • Jose linares TEMPE, AZ
      • 8 months ago

      Si estos veteranos excombatientes de guerra por U.S.A. no merecen la estadia legal en este país, que mal agradecidos son quienes les niegan ese derecho. Es injusto e inhumano que le nieguen la libertad, derechos y estadia a esas personas que expucieron sus vidad en defensa de este aís con tantos años de vivir en este país y con hijos ciudadanos. eso no tiene nombre y de tenerlo sería incesatéz, mal agradecidos, y abucibos.

    • camesha card DUHANEU PARK, JAMAICA
      • 11 months ago

      We hav nowhere in Jamaica to keep them

    • Lisa Mitchell DENVER, CO
      • 11 months ago

      John suffers from PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, and Adjustment Disorder. Why is the important to me? He served our country- Enough said


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