Update: Julio has been released from detention! But he's not out of the woods yet -- his release right now is only temporary, to give him a chance to argue his case. DHS Assistant Secretary John Morton has the ability to grant a Deffered Action, and Senator John Bunning and Rep. Ben Chandler can issue a private bill on his behalf -- sign the petition to ask them to take action for Julio.
It wasn't a very happy birthday for Julio Cesar Martinez Delgado this year: on Monday, he turned 19 while locked up in an immigration detention center.
Julio was arrested for failure to appear in immigration court when he was seven. Though Julio clearly had no control over and was not to blame for the childhood missed court date, he is facing imminent deportation back to Honduras, a country he has little memory of and fewer connections in.
It is a travesty that a hard-working student like Julio is treated as a fugitive and criminal for something that occurred when he was a small child.
Sign this petition to email the Department of Homeland Security asking for a stay of removal, so that Julio can get back to school.
Then you can call DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano (202.282.8495) and ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton (202.732.3000). Please make sure to be very polite and leave a message if you receive an answering service.
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