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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Benson Community Caravan to Charlotte Calling for the Release of Pastor Jose Armando SiliezarCaravan leaving Benson will be escorted by Benson Police Department, Rally and vigil will be held in the evening outside of Mecklenburg County Jail
Benson, NC – Pastor Jose Armando Siliezar-Sevilla (Inmate #438743), leader of the Ministerio Internacional El Verbo en Accion, and father of a 15-year-old U.S. citizen is detained at Mecklenburg County Jail. After nearly a month of not having heard from him, his family recently found out through a third party that he had a toe amputated while in custody due to his diabetes. The Benson community, his church, and family are calling for the release of Pastor Jose Armando as further detention puts his health at risk.
On June 3rd, 2014 immigration officers knocked on his door at 6 in the morning and handcuffed him in the presence of his family, including his US citizen son Josmar who is depressed since his father was taken into custody. ICE says Pastor Jose Armando lied about his criminal background in an application to adjust his immigration status. But Pastor Jose Armando’s only crime was accepting guidance from the attorney who advised him not to provide information on his criminal background.
A caravan of Pastor Jose Armando’s church, family, and supporters will be traveling to Charlotte for a rally and vigil outside of Mecklenburg County Jail where he is held.
What: Rally and Vigil
Where: Mecklenburg County Jail
Address: 801 E. 4th St., Charlotte, NC 28202
Time: 6 pm
When: Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Who: Ministerio Internacional el Verbo en Accion (Pastor Jose Armando’s Congregation) will be joined by at least eight other congregations from across North Carolina.
We invite members of the press to join us and interview Pastor Jose Armando’s family.
Pastor Jose Armando first came to the United States in 1989 looking for a better life and settled in California. There he worked as a construction worker but the money wasn’t enough to pay the bills. Desperate to make ends meet, he became involved in drug dealing. In 1993, he was charged and convicted of drug possession and served time for two and a half years. After completion of his time in state prison, he was deported to Mexico despite being a Honduran National. That same year, Jose Armando returned to the United States with his mind set on a better life based on the word of God. For the past 17 years, Pastor Jose Armando has been a religious mentor and beloved community leader in Benson, North Carolina.
For more information on Pastor Jose Armando’s case, visit the online petition at http://action.dreamactivist.org/northcarolina/armando/.
SIGN THE PETITION: http://action.dreamactivist.org/northcarolina/armando/
ICE and the Office of the US Attorney are fully aware of Pastor Jose Armando’s medical condition. The open wound on his foot got infected in detention and it did not heal. For nearly a month his family new nothing of him until they recently found out one of his toes was amputated. He is not a threat to the public. On the contrary, his church and community need him home as he is both a beloved religious and community leader. Why is he still detained?
After you sign and share the online petition calling for his release, make sure you call the US attorney’s office. Tell them to release Pastor Jose Armando immediately!
Call US Attorney Eric Holder’s Office – Raleigh @ (919) 856-4530
Call Charlotte ICE @ (704) 248-9605
Sample Script: “Hi, I’m calling for the release of Pastor Jose Armando (Inmate # 438743) from Mecklenburg County Jail. Pastor Jose Armando’s toe was amputated while in custody. He needs treatment not detention! Why is he still detained??“
Monday, January 27th, 2014
Contact: Viridiana Martinez
Cell: (919) 704-0599
Father of Eastway and Northern students scheduled for deportation on Tuesday night
Supporters will meet at 7pm at El Centro Hispano in Durham, NC
Durham, NC – On January 27th, 2014, supporters and community members will gather to urge Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to stop the deportation of Hugo Leonel Perez Ramirez (A# 077-665-965) who is set to be deported this Tuesday night, January 28th. If deported, Hugo Leonel will be separated from his wife, who is recovering from arm surgery and has diabetes, and youngest son, Rhodinson, who is a U.S. citizen.
On December 23, 2013 in the morning, ICE raided the home of Hugo Leonel and his family at 5am while they were sleeping. Without a knock at the door, ICE entered Hugo Leonel’s home, walked up the stairs, handcuffed and dragged him out. Hugo’s older sons cried and pleaded for ICE agents to take them instead of their father, but their cries were ignored. Their father was ripped away from them and their family was torn apart that morning. Hugo Leonel is, currently, being held in Stewart Detention Center and faces imminent deportation.
Hugo Leonel came to North Carolina from Guatemala in 2006 in search of a better life. His first attempt to reunite with his family was in 2000 but he was caught at the border and deported. According to the 2011 Morton Memo, he is a low-priority case and based on Acting ICE Director John Sandweg’s recent memo, Hugo Leonel’s deportation should be stopped immediately as he is the only breadwinner for his children and wife, Edilma.
WHEN: Monday, January 27, 2014
WHERE: El Centro Hispano, 600 E Main St, Durham, NC
WHO: NC Dream Team and El Centro Hispano
For more information, visit the online petition at: http://action.dreamactivist.org/northcarolina/hugo
The North Carolina Dream Team is the first independent undocumented youth-led organization in the Carolinas.
On September 10th, 2013, Charlotte community members will gather to urge Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to stop the deportation of Holman Acosta (A# 098-894-580), who is being held in an immigrant detention center in Georgia. Holman’s absence has placed an extreme financial strain on his family and the stress has triggered complications of his US citizen wife’s diabetes.
In the early afternoon of June 30th, 2013, Holman was stopped at a check point while driving his stepson home from a soccer game. He was arrested when he was found driving without a license. Holman was turned over to ICE officials on August 2, 2013 and transferred to North Georgia Detention Center where he faces imminent deportation.
Leisha Acosta, Holman’s US citizen wife, suffers from diabetes and depression. Due to the stress of Holman’s unnecessary detention, she has been losing sight in one of her eyes and is struggling to pay for her doctor bills. In order to make ends meet, Leisha rarely takes sick days and works through lunch to provide for her family. Without Holman’s income, Leisha is barely keeping her head above water.
Additionally, Holman is the father to Leisha’s 3 US citizen children and grandfather to 1 US citizen grandchild, named Raheim. He supports them financially and emotionally and provides stability in the home. In Holman’s absence, one of Leisha’s sons has had to delay joining the Army to help care for the family.
“I need Holman home. My health needs him home, my kids need him home. His grandson thinks he’s away working. Raheim needs his Papi home now,” Leisha said.
WHEN: Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
TIME: 6:30 PM
WHERE: 4938 Central Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205
WHO: Organized by Holman’s family, with support from the Latin American Coalition, Familias Unidas and the NC DREAM Team
Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
Contact: Monserrat Mata
C: (919) 492-1334
Local businessman is being deported!
Supporters will meet at 2pm at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Simpsonville, SC
Greenville, SC – On September 6th, 2013, immigrant youth and community members will gather to urge Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to stop the deportation of Carlos Angel Garcia (A# 205-205-247), who is set to be deported on October 7th. If deported, Carlos will be separated from his family and youngest son Omar, who suffers from a chronic lung condition called Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia and developmental delay.
Carlos came to South Carolina from Mexico in 1999 and has lived here ever since. One night on his way back home from work, he drove into a driver license checkpoint and was arrested when he was asked for a license and he could not provide it. Carlos cannot get a driver’s license because South Carolina does not issue them to undocumented immigrants. According to the 2011 Morton Memo, he is a low-priority case and based on Acting ICE Director John Sandweg’s recent memo, Carlos’ deportation should be stopped immediately as he is the primary breadwinner for his 3 U.S. citizen children and his wife, Elizabeth.
WHEN: Friday, September 6th, 2013
WHERE: 2252 Woodruff Rd., Simpsonville, NC 29681
WHO: Organized by The North Carolina Dream Team as part of the Secure Your Own Community project, where immigrant families fight to stop deportations.
The North Carolina Dream Team is the first undocumented youth – led organization in the Carolinas.
SIGN THE PETITION BELOW:
Call Charlotte ICE @ (704) 248-9605
Call DC ICE @ 202-732-3000 or 202-732-3100
Sample Script: “Hi, I’m calling to ask ICE to stop Fidela Medel Lopez’ (A 200-970-777) deportation. She is the mother of 5 children, two of which are US citizens and one of those, Erick, is a special needs child who suffers from severe autism. Fidela is low priority for deportation and Erick needs a stable home alongside his mother. Deporting Fidela threatens Erick’s health and puts him directly in harm’s way. Stop Fidela’s deportation now!”
For Immediate Release
June 11, 2013
Santiago Garcia- Leco
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DREAMer Francisco Hernandez Set for Deportation; Community Urges USCIS to Grant DACA
Supporters of Francisco Hernandez (A# 205-210-075) gather to urge United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to grant Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Charlotte. NC— Francisco “Paco” Hernandez, now 23, came to North Carolina from Mexico at the age of 14. He graduated from McDowell High School in 2009 and was attending McDowell Technical Community College when he was taken into immigration custody. Paco filed for Deferred Action, yet he is still being forced to see an immigration judge and could be deported any day.
When: After 1pm Immigration Court Hearing, Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Where: 5701 Executive Center Drive, Suite 400
Charlotte, NC 28212
Who: Francisco, family, friends, and community supporters.
On May 13, 2011, Paco was wrongfully arrested. Paco and two friends were coming home from a party where Paco had been drinking. Being responsible, Paco let one of his sober friends, Luis –on leave from the military- drive. On their way home Paco’s car broke down; so all three friends got out to push it and Luis handed Paco the keys. While pushing the car, the police showed up to help the boys but instead (despite the care being completely off and immobile) arrested Paco and charged him with a DUI.
Despite his innocence, Paco was charged and sentenced to 30-months of probation. He didn’t miss a single check-in with his officer. However, at his November 28, 2012 check-in, ICE was waiting for him. Paco was detained and forced to spend nearly 2-months in immigration detention in Georgia Paco was finally released on a $15,000 bond, allowing him to fight his case from the outside. In June of 2013, he applied for DACA, and now we as a community supporting Paco, are asking USCIS to grant his application and help keep his family together.