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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.

Letter to
Assistant Secretary to ICE John Morton
Secretary, Dept. of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano
Director, Congressional Relations and GAO/OIG Audit Liaison Office Elliott Williams
and 2 others
Representative Andy Barr
Senator Jim Bunning
I am thrilled to hear that Julio Cesar Martinez Delgado (case #A077-694-249), a hard-working 19-year-old student, has been released from detention. However, I understand that this is a temporary action, and that he is still in danger of deportation.

Julio was arrested by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement for failure to appear in immigration court when he was only seven years old. It is deeply unjust to hold him accountable for something he clearly had no control over and was not to blame, yet he is facing automatic 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. Please consider these special circumstances and the undue hardship this would place on Julio and his family.

Julio is an ideal candidate to have his deportation deferred. I urge you to take steps to make sure Julio is able to remain in this country he calls home.