Miguel Caceres Juarez fled Honduras after being targeted for abuse and persecution since age 12 because he is gay. Gang members tortured, raped, and beat Miguel on multiple occasions. His own brother harassed and beat him and threatened to decapitate him. He came to the United States because he feared he would be killed. Miguel was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in a county jail as the U.S. government sought to deport him back to Honduras.
On July 12, 2011, a U.S. immigration judge determined Miguel was a refugee and granted him withholding of removal, a form of immigration protection for people who have suffered or fear persecution in their native countries. But ICE refuses to release him from immigration detention even though he has won his case and the government attorneys are not appealing the decision nor seeking his removal to any alternate country.
Miguel should be able to celebrate his new-found safety and freedom in the United States, but as long as he remains detained, he continues to be at risk for the same human rights abuses he suffered in Honduras. The ICE immigration detention system is broken and continues to put vulnerable immigrants like Miguel at risk. Throughout his detention, Miguel has suffered harassment, abuse, and threats because of his sexual identity.
ICE has no lawful grounds to detain Miguel, whose abuse continues every day he remains in custody.
- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director
- ICE Assistant Field Office Director
I am writing to ask you to immediately release Miguel Caceres Juarez, who was granted immigration relief in July yet remains detained in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security at Kenosha County Detention Center in Wisconsin.
Miguel fled Honduras in 2010 to seek protection from persecution he endured based on his sexual orientation. The U.S. government granted him withholding of removal on July 12, 2011, but U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement refuses to release him from detention. Throughout his detention, Miguel has suffered harassment and abuse at the hands of other inmates who target him because of his sexual identity.
ICE has no grounds to keep Miguel detained. He has no connection to any other country and therefore cannot be removed to an alternate country. For that reason, neither the immigration judge nor the government prosecutors designated any other country as a country of removal during his deportation proceedings.
The United States is a beacon of hope for men and women who come to our shores seeking safety from persecution, and the U.S. government has found Miguel worthy of protection. Please release him from detention immediately.
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