Petition Closed
Petitioning Department of Homeland Security John Morton and 12 others
This petition will be delivered to:
Department of Homeland Security
John Morton
Department of Homeland Security
Janet Napolitano
Representative
Diana DeGette
Representative
Ed Perlmutter
Representative
Doug Lamborn
Representative
Luis Gutierrez
Senator
Dick Durbin
Representative
Cory Gardner
Senator
Mark Udall
Representative
Mike Coffman
Senator
Michael Bennet
Representative
Jared Polis
Representative
Scott Tipton

Another Colorado Family Faces Deportation in Violation of Obama’s ICE Guidelines People of Faith

Paz Mendez, a community leader involved with Metro Organizations for People (MOP) and St. Pius Catholic Church member in Colorado was recently detained. He is the father of three children ranging from 6 - 16 years of age. Paz has been in the USA for almost a decade and has maintained a clean record. Paz has a hard-working reputation and holds a degree in engineering. His family is very active in the community through sport and Church activities. Paz also serves on the Church’s social justice ministry. He came to the USA to escape violence and provide strong opportunities for his children. He now faces deportation. Deportation at this level creates many challenges within the family’s broader community. “We know Paz and his family and they are wonderful community members. Paz is a confirmation leader and his wife is a catechist. They are at most functions/large gatherings, and are the kind of community members that we should welcome and want with open arms. His family will only be an asset to our community, and to not recognize that and/or give opportunities for citizenship is an injustice.


Letter to
Department of Homeland Security John Morton
Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano
Representative Diana DeGette
and 10 others
Representative Ed Perlmutter
Representative Doug Lamborn
Representative Luis Gutierrez
Senator Dick Durbin
Representative Cory Gardner
Senator Mark Udall
Representative Mike Coffman
Senator Michael Bennet
Representative Jared Polis
Representative Scott Tipton
Paz Mendez, a community leader involved with Metro Organizations for People (MOP) and St. Pius Catholic Church member in Colorado was recently detained. He is the father of three children ranging from 6 - 16 years of age. Paz has been in the USA for almost a decade and has maintained a clean record. Paz has a hard-working reputation and holds a degree in engineering. His family is very active in the community through sport and Church activities. Paz also serves on the Church’s social justice ministry. He came to the USA to escape violence and provide strong opportunities for his children. He now faces deportation.

Deportation at this level creates many challenges within the family’s broader community.

“We know Paz and his family and they are wonderful community members. Paz is a confirmation leader and his wife is a catechist. They are at most functions/large gatherings, and are the kind of community members that we should welcome and want with open arms. His family will only be an asset to our community, and to not recognize that and/or give opportunities for citizenship is an injustice. Paz has said he would do anything, pay anything to gain legal status and citizenship.” - Jay Rezska, St. Pius X Social Ministry Coordinator

“Thesefamilies come here tobetter their lives and to someday become a citizen. They can't live in their country because they are always afraid of being killed while simply walking the streets. This nation was built by refugees and immigrants for refugees and immigrants so how can we discriminate who and what refugees and immigrants we will accept?” - Mike Whitbeck, Member of St. Pius Church & U.S. Army Vet

Just last week, ICE (U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement) Director John Morton issued updates on guidance to the field restating the agency’s enforcement priorities:
“Priority 1. Aliens who pose a danger to national security or a risk to public safety.
Priority 2. Recent illegal entrants.” – John Morton, Director of ICA - Memorandum for All ICE Empoyees written on March 2, 2011.