Stop the deportation of Aracelio Jimenez Aguila
  • Petitioned USCIS

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Office of the Inspector General
Director US Immigration and Customs Inforcement
John Morton
New York Governor
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
New York
Gov. Andrew Cuomo
New York-25
Rep. Louise Slaughter
New York
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
New York
Sen. Charles Schumer

Stop the deportation of Aracelio Jimenez Aguila

    1. Susan Linich
    2. Petition by

      Susan Linich

      Poughkeepsie, NY

October 2011


***UPDATE: After years of meticulous filing and processing, Aracelio has received his green card!*** After more than 4,000 people signed Susan's petition calling for Aracelio's release, ICE allowed him to go home. This is a huge victory, but the fight continues to keep Aracelio home with his family. Pressure from petition signers and careful research from his lawyer eventually led ICE to grant him the freedom to fight his case from home. 


Aracelio Jimenez Aguila (A024793698) has spent most of his life in the United States, working, paying taxes and raising a family. Although he was born in Cuba, he has been married to an American citizen for ten years. He has two daughters, both US citizens. The US government has allowed Aguila to be here, too; his presence has been no secret to them.

He has remained in good standing with his I-94 and legal work authorization, and he has a Social Security card. He has paid state and federal taxes every year. He has also paid into Social Security. Despite this, Aguila's citizenship status has remained in limbo, as has been the case for many Mariel Cubans. Recently, with his wife's help, Aguila has been approaching the final stages of his Permanent Resident (green card) application.

When bounty hunters working for ICE officials took Aguila into custody on September 19, 2011, he and his family were shocked. Arrested during dinner at his own home, Aguila was treated as a dangerous criminal, handcuffed in front of his 10-year-old daughter. While ICE officials claim they are enforcing a deportation order from 1986, they have yet to provide Aguila's attorney with a copy of the order. The attorney cannot understand why this deportation order wasn't mentioned at Aguila's recent green card interview.

ICE officers in the Buffalo detention center in Batavia, NY, have been ignoring protocol, trying to intimidate and force Aguila to sign paperwork that might finalize his deportation. Aguila has asked for his attorney, and the law dictates that he should not be questioned without her. Aguila has been told that he would be placed in solitary confinement for his refusal to sign.

Meanwhile, a file with his green card application sits on the desk of USCIS officials in Buffalo. Aguila has no dangerous criminal past, and has had a clean record since Immigration released him from custody in 1987. He simply wants to live a peaceful life with his family, and to watch his children grow up.

There are many citizens who have spoken to the generosity of Aguila's character. Aguila is a charitable and hard working person, and immediately after his detention, in an astounding display of solidarity, more than 100 friends rushed to write letters of support for his green card application, citing the value and merit of his presence in the United States. Aguila has an American wife and American children, and he has paid American taxes for years.

While the US government has never been without Aracelio's contact information, they never informed him of this deportation order until 2007. Repeated phone calls at the time and direct requests from the lawyer to see the deportation order were answered with, "We'll get back to you." There was no further communication until the arrest, and the alleged deportation order still has not been produced. Now he is seized from his family as though he has been hiding. ICE asserts that they are dealing with dangerous illegals, yet Aguila is neither.

Tell ICE and USCIS to release Aracelio Jimenez Aguila and grant him legal permanent residency in the United States.


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Recent signatures


    1. Victory! Loving Father and Husband is Released from Detention

      Rachel LaBruyere
      Petition Organizer

      On October 21st, Elise Linich brought her husband home. Aracelio had been in detention for over a month, separated from Elise and their 10-year-old daughter. Her sister, Susan Linich, started a petition on asking for his release and...

    2. Aracelio has been released!

      Susan Linich
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all for your love, prayers, and support. While we know there is a journey ahead with courts to resolve any future misunderstandings, Aracelio will rest tonight with his family. We now say our prayers for those still in holding, locked away from their families. Let's not forget them.

      Please keep reading about ICE and S-Comm (Secure Communities). Go to PBS and watch the Frontline "Lost In Detention" series. There are so many others who have been torn from their families. Sign every petition. Write to President Obama, and to every representative you have to tell them that these practices must stop.

    3. PBS has a documentary that deals directly with Aracelio's situation

      Susan Linich
      Petition Organizer

      We mark the point of breaking 4,000 signatures on the same eve that we mark a month that Aracelio has been imprisoned. Helping us to make sense of the madness is a new documentary from PBS on Tuesday night's FRONTLINE: Lost in Detention. In it, we learn of new mandates that determine ahead of time how many immigrants must be arrested per year. These outrageous practices defy our sacred value for human rights. I've attached a preview here for you to watch. Please take the time to watch the documentary, Tuesday night. We must be aware of what is done in our name and with our own tax money. We must hold our representatives accountable and be educated enough on these matters to educate others who don't even realize they are becoming bigots.

    4. Reached 4,000 signatures
    5. First mailing sent to John Morton, Director of ICE

      Susan Linich
      Petition Organizer

      Yesterday we mailed our petition letter (57 pages with approximately 2,200 e-signatures) to John Morton, director of United States Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE). Meantime, agents at the detention center continue to pressure Aracelio to sign some document. Aracelio refuses to sign anything without his lawyer, and he continues to say this. These violations of Aracelio's rights must end now! Spread the word and keep those signatures coming! We will see Aracelio returned home if there is any justice in the United States. If he is not released by the time we've reached 5,000 signatures, we will mail the letter again.

    6. Reached 2,500 signatures
    7. PDF Flyer to print & pass out (at link below)

      Susan Linich
      Petition Organizer

      You can print flyers & pass them out to help us get more signatures!

    8. Reached 1,500 signatures
    9. We have just reached 1,000 signatures in only 48 hours!

      Susan Linich
      Petition Organizer

      Flyers have been brought to Manhattan and press releases are being put together. If there's anyone you haven't contacted yet, we would appreciate the time it would take for you to do so. We do appreciate any and all efforts, including your prayers. I'm attaching the facebook page where you can leave words of support and receive updates about anything that might show up in the press. Thank you all.

    10. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Alicia Palesotti SUPERIOR, WI
      • about 3 years ago

      Because he deserves to be here.

    • kathie stevens MONROE, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      He's a great person. Have known him for years. Better than some of own neighbors.

    • Timothy Jackson WINCHENDON
      • about 3 years ago

      I know Aracelio personally since he is married to my cousin. He is a good man and doesnt deserve this indignity.

    • Chris Jewett QUINCY, MA
      • about 3 years ago

      It is NOT right to penalize a person WHEN they FOLLOW the RULES!

    • Jackie Fyhr HENDERSON, NV
      • about 3 years ago

      He obviously didn't get married just for a green card. He's been paying his taxes when most of Congress hasn't even done that much. He's been refused proof for his incarceration which should be illegal if it isn't already. Lastly, he's been punished for listening to his lawyer. I count all of these things in his favor and just showing how screwed up our government has become. When will we get back to a country that is for the people, not for the rich.


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