Tell ICE to Release Jose Escobar and Let Him Stay With His Family in the US
  • Petitioned Janet Napolitano

This petition was delivered to:

Janet Napolitano
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary
Janet Napolitano
Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
John Morton
David Venturella, Acting Head of Detention and Removal in DC
President of the United States
Sen. John Cornyn
Sen. Ted Cruz

Tell ICE to Release Jose Escobar and Let Him Stay With His Family in the US

    1. Petition by

      Familias Inmigrantes y Estudiantes en la Lucha (FIEL)

January 2012


Seven months ago, Rose Escobar’s worst nightmare came true. Her husband, loving father to then 1-year-old baby Walter and the main financial provider for the family, was picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and placed in detention. A faulty lawyer had advised him not to attend a hearing to renew the Temporary Protected Status that was granted to him as an immigrant fleeing violence and natural disasters in El Salvador, and this had triggered a deportation order.

What followed were the most difficult months of Rose’s life as she struggled to make ends meet and provide for her son who stood in front of the window everyday calling for his dad. But an amazing thing happened—after Rose started a campaign on to free her husband, thousands began to sign. FIEL Houston, a local student-led organization, saw her petition and offered to help, staging a vigil in front of the detention center attended by more than 50 local supporters. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee got involved and contacted ICE on Rose’s behalf. And after more than 4,000 signed Rose’s petition and the story was covered by the Houston Chronicle and multiple local TV stations, Jose was finally freed and is now home with his family.


My name is Rose Marie Ascencio-Escobar I am a US citizen. I was born and raised here in Houston Texas I am married to Jose Escobar and together we have a son, Walter Escobar who is 20 months old.

I am writing this letter pleading for help on behalf of my family. My husband and I have known each other since we were 15 years old. On January 27, 2006, we were both 19, we got legally married in County Of Harris the Judges name was Russ Ridgway then in March 25, 2006 we did our wedding party here in Houston.

Now six years later, at the age of 25, we are being taken apart from each other not by choice but by force.On the morning of June 6, 2011 my life turned into a complete nightmare. Immigration came and took Jose as he was preparing to leave for work. He was taken to Export Plaza Detention Facility, Polk County Adult Detention Facility in Livingston. He was later transported to Joe Corley Detention Facility in Conroe.

Jose came from El Salvador and acquired the TPS (temporary protected status) this card was active from 2001 thru 2005. He complied with the law and updated his personal information when needed in order to hold this status. His then attorney, Manuel Solis failed to inform Jose that immigration needed him to establish a prima facie eligbility.We missed the deadline for filing by two months. Jose immediately reapplied for TPS but his application was denied. Frustrated with Manuel Solis, we began to look for another attorney. We also found out that a court date had been set up for an immigration hearing. Jose went alone without any representation. We then hired Hector Segura. Mr. Segura advised Jose not to show up for the next hearing date or he would be removed deported. Both Jose and I placed total trust and confidence in Mr. Segura. We felt he would genuinely help us. What Jose did not know was that since he failed to appear (we assumed Mr. Segura would take care of everything) there would be an order of deportation issued. On Feb 23, 2006 the Judge signed for the order of his removal.

Please understand my husband Jose is not a bad man. He has a no criminal record and has never been in trouble with the law. José is a hard working man who is an honest provider for his family. We have never received or applied for any type of government assistance. We have filed and paid Federal Government taxes from the time Jose started working until present day. We have sacrificed and struggled thru the years to obtain the things we have in our lives then imagine your hard work and dreams for a better life scattered over a situation like this. It is heartbreaking to see our son, Walter, see his father thru a glass window not knowing what is going on. He is always reaching our for his daddy so he can be carried. It is devastating to see my son go thru this.

José is waiting for deferred action that will determine whether he will stay with or have to go back to El Salvador. I beg for you to please have mercy in my family and help me with my situation. Jose has been incarcerated since June 6th I am struggling getting bills paid not to mention the lawyer I just cant give up I wont give up I just need someone to help me please help. I don’t know what else to do please help me get my family back together; please give me my happy ending.

Recent signatures


    1. Jose Escobar’s Two-Year Old Son Attends Vigil Outside Detention Center

      This is the Christmas Rose Escobar had imagined she’d be staying up late with her high school sweetheart and husband Jose, hiding toys for two-year-old Walter under the tree and anxiously awaiting the morning. Instead, the feeling in the house is...

    2. Reached 4,000 signatures
    3. Rose Escobar tells her families story on KHOU 11 news

      HOUSTON—A southwest Houston family hopes the influence of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee will help keep a husband and father from being deported to his native El Salvador.
      Rose Ascencio-Escobar and her husband Jose Escobar have known each other since they attended Christa McAuliffe Middle School. They married at 19...

    4. Falkenberg: System destroys families

      The first thing you notice as you approach the tract-home in a far south Houston subdivision are the mini-blinds in the front window. They're jagged, bent, barely hanging on.

      Their sad state is the handiwork of 2-year-old Walter Escobar. And in a way, they are a window into his tiny heart.

      In the days after they took his father away in June, Walter would return again and again to his usual lookout perch, searching for Daddy. This is the spot where he always waited just before dusk for his father to return from work and jubilantly toot his truck horn while the boy squealed. The two of them would head off to a park for a few sacred moments of boys-only playtime before dinner.

    5. Houston Chronicle Covers Rose & Jose's story

      Rose Marie Ascencio-Escobar, whose husband, Jose Escobar, was picked up by immigration agents in June and held in a detention center north of Houston, has tried to convince him to hold onto hope as summer waned to fall, and as he missed their son's second birthday...

    6. Reached 3,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • David Roy MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • over 2 years ago

      Is it not obvious that this family is of no danger to society? They are self supporting good people. Let them get on with life.

    • James Shelton RAVEN, VA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Regardless of what he did,he deserves to be here just as we deserve to be here.Let him stay where he can be free not bond.

    • Alicia Gramza REDGRANITE, WI
      • almost 3 years ago

      this is scary I feel so bad for ya'll I will keep you and your family in my prayers

    • John Shrum BIRMINGHAM, AL
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am one of the loudest to say that we should not allow illegal immigration. This seems rather to be miscommunication rather tham illegal immigration. This should be

      investigated thoroughly. If it is as Mrs. Escobar states, unless I do not understand the immigration law, I do not understand how the U.S. Government can send him back. He legally entered the U.S., he married a U.S. citizen, has lived and worked in the U.S. paying taxes, raising children and believing he has done everything he should to be allowed to stay in this country. In cases like this shouldn't education be the key?

    • Gerise DuPont SALAMANCA, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      i believe in Justice!


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