Jonathan's bro. missing in MX after a shooting. Deportation will leave daughter w/o a dad
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Jonathan Mendoza is 18 years old. He was brought to the United States when he was just 8 months old. He has spent the majority of his life as a United States resident.
Two years ago, Jonathan welcomed a baby girl into this world, Isabella. At that point, Jonathan dropped out of High School to work full time with his father as a painter to provide for her. Dropping out of high school made Jonathan ineligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Jonathan was okay with that because his daughter needed food, diapers, clothes, and shelter. His plan was to save up enough money and eventually go back to school for his GED.
Jonathan's brother, Fernando, was deported in 2016 to Mexico. Four months ago, Fernando was involved in a cartel shooting and has not been seen since, nor has his family heard from him. A report has been filed in Mexico and Jonathan's attorney is working on filing protection paperwork for him. It is evident that if Jonathan is deported, he will have an instant target on his back due to his brother's involvement with the cartels.
Out of fear of being deported, Jonathan, a young teen freaked out when he saw police lights behind the vehicle he was driving without a license (unable to get one due to lack of status). The fear of being separated from his daughter made him act irrationally like most American teens. He ran from the police and was eventually caught.
Now, Jonathan has been denied bail and is being held by immigration. We understand that people that break laws need to be held accountable. However, the Trump administration's lack of compassion and incompetency to act on a resolution for DREAMers has all of these youth on edge. Jonathan is prepared to pay for this typical teenage behavior but, we ask ICE Assistant Field Office Director Brian Acuna to allow him to be released on bail so his lawyer can properly file paperwork that will show a deportation will result in death.
Jonathan acted as a typical American teenager. His actions do not need to result in the end of his life and the loss of a father of a two-year-old little girl. Please call ICE Assistant Field Office Director Brian Acuna at (504) 599-7868 and ask him to release Jonathan on bail.
"Mr. Acuna, My name is ____________, and I’m calling in regards to the case of Jonathan Mendoza. You have denied bail to this 18-year-old who needs to be released to take care of his two-year-old daughter. His daughter is the reason he dropped out of school and is not currently eligible for DACA. Jonathan's brother was deported and has been missing in Mexico for four months. If you deport Jonathan you are signing his death warrant. Please grant Jonathan's bail so he can work with his attorney to file paperwork to ask for discretion."
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