Judge James P. Vandello, U.S. ICE, RE: Petition to Stop Deportation for Francisco Cobos Ramirez
Please help us stop deportation for Francisco Cobos. We certainly cannot change the past, nor someone’s ethnicity or nationality, or wash away our mistakes, but we can change his fate, his future. With your support we can make a difference. Thank you.
Honorable Judge James P. Vandello
Director John Morton, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Secretary Janet Napolitano, Department of Homeland Security
We, the undersigned, respectfully request that you consider doing all in your power to stop the deportation proceedings currently being taken against legal US permanent resident Francisco Cobos Ramirez (A#77521310). Francisco Cobos Ramirez has gained overwhelming support from his loved ones including his family, friends, church members and local community members. Although, exceptional support has been given to him, he is in desperate need of your support and intervention.
Francisco was born in Mexico and was brought by his family to the United States at the age of 11 in 1996. In 2004, at the age of eighteen while still attending high school; he got into a fight with one of his friends. The outcome caused to have criminal consequences against him. He was sent to county jail for three months but then was set free so he could finish his high school diploma. He graduated in 2005 meeting his credit requirements and obtaining his diploma. In January of 2006, he was sent back to prison and in the month of May was sentenced 18 years in prison and 5 years in a halfway house (parole). During this time he spent 2 consecutive years reflecting a good attitude, he then was released as his case was appealed. Unfortunately, it only lasted for a couple of months as he was sent back to prison with a new sentence of 10 years. During the time he was granted to leave prison, he consistently attended church with his family, had a decent job, his driving record was clean, did not get in any kind of trouble as he had a great conduct.
As any other human being, he accepted the consequences and took responsibility of this mistake. Through his time spent in prison he faced numerous dangerous moments where his life was put into danger and was beaten up many times. However, due to the fear of losing his life just like others did during his time in prison, none of this was ever reported. Hundreds of days in prison made him realize that there’s more in this life that people do not appreciate and see. It made him valued the beauty of life that many of us don’t value. It made him appreciate the little things that all of us have in abundance such as freedom that we sometimes take for granted. If every human being on earth created by God and under God makes mistakes and are given more than a second chance at some point in their lives, why should we deprive a person the opportunity of a second chance? “While we are contending for our own liberty, we should be very cautious not to violate the rights of conscience in others, ever considering that God alone is the judge of the hearts of men, and to him only in this case they are answerable.“ (George Washington).
His faith created a whole new creature in him and gave him a new perspective towards life. Both him and his family have struggled and suffered since the time he was sentenced until now facing the fear of his deportation. His family came to the United States seeking a better life, working hard and obeying every law in this country. We certainly cannot change the past, nor someone’s ethnicity or nationality, or wash away our mistakes, but we can change his fate, his future. It is extremely unfair to judge a human being by his past without giving another opportunity to that person. As it was said by Thomas Jefferson, “Our ancestors... possessed a right, which nature has given to all men, of departing from the country in which chance, not choice, has placed them, of going in quest of new habitations, and of there establishing new societies, under such laws and regulations as, to them, shall seem most likely to promote public happiness”. Let us not deny Francisco the human right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the country he can now call home. His family, friends and the community testify that he is not a threat or danger to society as we happen to believe that there is no other powerful lesson than our own mistakes and experience.
In addition, it is more than well known that the crime in Mexico continues to occur at a high rate constantly as it has been declared by the U.S Department of State. It can often be violent as it includes street crime, ranging from pick pocketing to armed robbery, homicides, kidnapping, sexual assault, rape, harassment, extortion and much more. Criminal rates in many parts of Mexico have risen sharply in recent years, driven largely by violence associated with transnational criminal organizations. Francisco's family which includes his parents, siblings and nephews reside in the United States legally. If he gets deported to Mexico, there will be no close relatives that would provide immediate support to him. Furthermore, his family feels threatened for him to leave the country due to some distant family members and friends that had been murdered and some that are threaten to death. On the other hand, citizens of the United States of America proudly present our nation to be extremely well developed and trained in all entities as it is known as the land of opportunity. “America is now, I think, the only country of tranquility and should be the asylum of all those who wish to avoid the scenes which have crushed our friends in [other lands]."(Thomas Jefferson).
Francisco is a law-abiding legal resident who made one mistake and who has served his time for it. It is completely horrifying that our legal system would punish him twice by deporting him to Mexico, a country that he can’t call home anymore. All of this, because of a crime that took place about a decade ago. He has served his time accordingly without any inappropriate conduct during his time in and outside of prison. We all should know that we cannot change a thing, if we do not try. With this said, we respectfully plea for your prompt attention and sincere consideration to release the ICE hold and/or provide asylum in the United States by closing any and all removal proceedings against Francisco Cobos Ramirez.
We truly appreciate your most thoughtful consideration regarding this matter. Thank you so much for our time.
Family, Friends and Community