Bring Claudia Medellin Home! El Charro Mom & 25-Year US Resident Wrongly Held by ICE

Bring Claudia Medellin Home! El Charro Mom & 25-Year US Resident Wrongly Held by ICE

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The following is from a friend of the owners of El Charro Restaurant in Knoxville, Tennessee. The mother of three who works for her family's restaurant, Claudia Medellin, has been wrongly arrested by ICE and has already been sent to a detention facility out of state. We must act now to get her back home to her family and community. She is in this country legally and has been for decades. Read her story and sign the petition:

I am writing to request a favor. Please. Some background - I have had neighbors for over 15 years who own a fabulous Mexican restaurant in town called El Charro. Best Chicken Chimichanga you will ever put in your mouth! But I digress. My neighbors have raised fantastic children who have been good friends with my children, and one son in particular has never failed to greet me with a big hug. My neighbor Mr. Aranda is joined by his brother and his brother's family in the business. And they ALL work hard in the restaurant, even all of their children -while going to high school and pursuing college degrees. The restaurant has sponsored kid's sports teams in town for many many years. They are an integral part of this community.

If you have ever been to the old Bearden Hill location, or their new restaurant on Sutherland, you have seen Claudia. She is always working behind the counter. Claudia is my neighbor's sister-in-law. Day before yesterday, ICE agents showed up at her house, flashed their badges, handcuffed her and took her away - all in front of her son. At the moment she is at an Immigrant Detention Center in Dekalb County, Alabama and her family understands that there is a plan to move to her another Detention Center in Louisiana within the next couple of days.

Claudia and her husband have lived here for over 25 years and raised 3 sons. Also GOOD hard-working kids. She is not a criminal and has in fact obtained her Permanent Resident Status. In other words, her Green Card. She is here -Legally. It is my understanding that the ICE agents did not ask for documentation of her legal status. But as one of her family members said, "we had nothing to hide, so we thought we had nothing to fear" and they cooperated fully.

The only thing they have been told that might help the situation is for people to write letters saying that Claudia is not a flight risk so that they can present them to a judge and ask for a bond to be set. If you would like to help, please sign this petition or send a letter to our federal representatives. Contact info here: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/TN/2

Please reference Claudia's full name and A number on the reference line of your letter. It is Claudia G. Quintero Medellin, and A #207616436. Thank you for reading my long post. You guys know that I don't ever do anything like this, and try my very best not to get involved in politics. But this is just wrong. On so many levels. And truly breaks my heart to think that this is happening all over our great country. Thank you.

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