Petition Closed

John Ferron, a U.S. veteran and father of eight, is detained at the Eloy Detention Center, a for-profit immigration detention center in Eloy, Arizona. After a 10-day hunger strike to protest his prolonged detention, John remains in solitary confinement. 

He has no attorney, and he suffers from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, and Adjustment Disorder. We are asking the U.S. government to grant this veteran of the Vietnam War the dignity to mount a strong case in his defense from outside the detention facility walls. Please sign this petition to show your support for John and the thousands of U.S. veterans who have been detained and deported.

To learn more about John, visit or read this recent article on John in the Huffington Post that highlights John's hunger strike in immigration detention.

To learn more about the detention and deportation of U.S. veterans, visit

Letter to
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano
Representative Ann Kirkpatrick
President of the United States
and 3 others
Deputy Assistant Director, Custody Programs and Community Outreach Andrew Lorenzen-Strait
Assistant Field Office Director, ICE Eduardo Preciado
ICE Director John Morton
Please release John Ferron from the Eloy Detention Center on humanitarian grounds.

John Ferron is a U.S. veteran and father of eight U.S. born children. John is currently detained in immigration custody at the Eloy Detention Center in Eloy, Arizona. John Ferron was born in Jamaica, but came to the United States as a young boy. He served during the Vietnam War for the United States Navy, and he was honorably discharged. Due to a massive combat-related injury, John suffers from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depression, and a number of other mental illnesses.

I stand beside John Ferron today. While his suffering may be invisible to the American public, we want him to know that he is not forgotten. He is a U.S. veteran, and we believe he is a U.S. citizen. Above all, he is a person with dignity that deserves better than detention and deportation.

Please grant John Ferron relief from deportation on humanitarian grounds. In the alternative, please release John Ferron from the Eloy Detention Center on humanitarian grounds so that he can find an attorney on the outside willing to help him effectively represent himself.