My partner Felipe has been in detention since Thanksgiving; he was taken in three days prior; November 19, 2012. We’ve been fighting to keep him here since June 30, 2012. In June he was denied a stay of deportation and was moved to New Mexico despite the fact that he had a U-VISA application pending. Felipe was returned to Colorado and we are very grateful. We are once again asking for Stay of Deportation and Order of Supervision while we await an answer on his U Visa application.
Our family has really struggled without his financial and emotional support. Our children and I are all US citizens. We need Felipe home with us again for emotional and financial support. He is the backbone of our family and a good man! Like many of us he made a mistake when he was younger, one he never made again, and he went on to be a key employee, caring father and wonderful partner.
After a fender bender revealed he had a 20 year old warrant for possession of a small amount of drugs, Felipe was detained by state patrol June 30, 2012. On July 10, 2012 the drug charge was vacated as the judge found his 20 years of model citizenship more than made up for his mistake and he was placed on an immigration hold. On July 12, 2012 we won his release using a 48-hour release form! Four months later on, November 19, 2012 ICE stopped the vehicle that Felipe was in, with his boss driving, and took Felipe into custody. Felipe was also deported 10 years ago on non-criminal grounds. ICE has continued to identify Felipe as a priority for detention despite the fact that his charges were vacated and he’s a victim of crime.
Right now Felipe has a U-VISA for victims of crime application pending. On October 28, 2001 he was the victim of a felonious assault and false imprisonment. He could be waiting up to a year in detention for an answer in his U-Visa case and we need him home now.
Felipe’s home is here is the US with us and we won’t be separated without a fight! Please sign to ask Director John Morton to approve Felipe's stay of deportation and release Felipe to us while we’re awaiting a response on his U-VISA application.
~ Carla Terrones