Release Jose E. Lopez Melgar!
  • Petitioned Marc Moore

This petition was delivered to:

Miami ICE ERO Office Director
Marc Moore
Deputy Field Office Director of Detention and Removal
David Bradley
DCR Officer
Michael Meade
Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Margo Schlanger
Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security
John Morton
Secretary of Homeland Security
Janet Napolitano

Release Jose E. Lopez Melgar!

    1. Adam Davis
    2. Petition by

      Adam Davis

      Lake Worth, FL

We, the undersigned, write to demand that you take immediate action and release Jose E. Lopez Melgar (A#  088-96-9036) from the Krome Detention Center.

On April 9th, without provocation, Jose along with his mother and sister, were terrorized and surrounded by ICE agents and Collier County police officers as they were returning to their home from purchasing groceries.  Agents demanded to see immigration documents from the family, to which Ana, Jose’s mother, said that she needed to retrieve from inside the house.

After being threatened with detention by an officer, Ana requested to see a court-ordered warrant for entry and search of her house. None was provided, and officers entered anyways, tearing through the family’s belongings while Ana retrieved her work authorization permit and her son’s immigration proceeding documents and USCIS receipt of letters. The documents were subsequently seized by an officer and Ana was told that the documents were being confiscated.

As if demeaning Jose’s mother by calling her a “criminal” and “illegal” was bad enough, Jose was beaten repeatedly by officers, who erroneously accused him of having a gang affiliation.

Jose was then taken to the Collier County Jail, and is now at Krome Detention Center. Jose was diagnosed with a mental disability under the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program, for which he graduated from in Fort Myers, Florida. Ana, Jose’s mother, who herself suffers from Lupus, along with family, friends, and community, are extremely apprehensive about Jose’s mental and physical condition.

Such treatment by ICE agents and the Collier County Police Department is unacceptable and should not be tolerated by administrators of either organization. Such violence and complete disregard for civil and human rights will not tolerated by communities in Collier County; Florida; or the United States.

According to the memo issued by John Morton, Jose is not a priority for deportation and should be released immediately, granted favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion, and a full investigation of officers’ behavior should be pursued. 

We, the undersigned, urge you to release Jose E. Lopez Melgar (A#088-96-9036) from Krome Detention Center immediately.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Students Fight Detention of High School Graduate with a Mental Disability

      Rachel LaBruyere
      Petition Organizer

      On April 9th, Jose Melgar was on his way home from a trip to the grocery store with his mom and sister. Before reaching their house in Fort Myers, Florida, the family was surrounded by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who demanded to see...

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. Jose has been transferred to Krome Detention Center.

      Adam Davis
      Petition Organizer

      Jose has been transferred to Krome Detention Center.

    5. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Ana Mendoza DUBLIN, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Policies and procedures are set in place not just for protocol but as safeguards for those that hold power and for those the power is used against. In this case for an individual who has a mental health issue to be beaten by officers is not right. Many individuals who suffer from a mental health disorder die at the hand of authority figures from officers to agents from various agencies. Agencies need to train their staff on how to handle individuals who suffer from mental health issues instead of resorting to violence. If the agents knew this family may not be in the country legally their is a high likelihood that they were aware of Jose's mental state and should have acted appropriately.

    • J M MIAMI, FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      This man went to my high school and it is unfair to have this put on him.

    • Alexa Arce SAN JOSE, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      There's no reason for him to be locked up. Or is there?

    • Alexandra Diaz FORT WORTH, TX
      • almost 2 years ago

      It isn't right the way they intruded into these peoples homes, its illegal to search someones home without the proper warrant they should be fired!

    • Andrew Tessitore IMPERIAL BEACH, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      It is obvious that this young man was harassed by immigration officials.

      People are blaming Latinos for this country economic problems.

      Latinos actually have help make this Nation a fanacial super power.

      We need to look at all the wall street white collar crimes. Numerous billion dollat crimes. Inside trading, price fixing and fraud, to say te least.



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