Bring Back Wrongfully Deported ‘Dreamer’

Target: John Kelly, Head of the Department of Homeland Security

Goal: Bring back young immigrant deported despite his legal status in the United States.

A young immigrant man with legal status in the United States has been deported. Juan Manuel Montes is 23 years old and protected under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. He was brought from Mexico by his family at the age of 9 and can formally stay in the United States until 2018. His case is the first deportation of a DACA recipient, even though the Trump administration promised that grantees of the program would not be affected. His case is also set to start a legal battle between the government and immigrant rights organizations. Support from all across the country is necessary to bring Juan back.

After spending an evening with his girlfriend in Calexico, California, Juan was stopped by Immigration and Enforcement Customs (ICE) agents. He explained that he was granted DACA status twice and, therefore, was a “dreamer,” one of the thousands of young people who were brought to the United States illegally as children and, yet, received legal status to study, work, and serve in the military. Nevertheless, Juan did not have his wallet to proof his identity, and within three hours, he was back in Mexico. Authorities later insisted that his DACA enrollment had expired even though his lawyers had documents indicating a 2018 expiration date instead.

Juan is a great example that young immigrants just need a chance to be able to thrive. He has learning disabilities due to a traumatic brain injury suffered as a child, and despite the challenges, he made it through special education courses and graduated in high school. Juan was taking welding classes at a community college and paid for those classes by picking crops. The money also helped his mother and younger brother, who lived with him in the same household.

The Trump administration has been extremely authoritarian and has run against its promise of not targeting any “dreamer.” At least 10 DACA enrollees are in federal custody, and others have been detained for weeks before being released to wait for immigration court hearings. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) argues that Juan has convictions, but according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Juan’s tickets for shoplifting and driving without a license are not serious enough to disqualify him from DACA protections. Most importantly, DHS does not admit that ICE handling of Juan’s case was inappropriate and that his case reports are riddled with errors, such as mismatched dates of deportation. Immigrant rights organizations are willing to fight until the end to bring Juan back since his removal is unlawful and it is frightening immigrant communities. Sign the petition to show your support.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Kelly,

Juan Manuel Montes is a DACA recipient and has filed paperwork, received background checks, and paid fees to stay in the United States. He poses no threat to American society and he is instead an example of a hardworking individual that this country values. It is unacceptable that ICE officials harassed him and that his case reports have been handled in such an awkward way.

The Trump administration promised not to target DACA enrollees, who have been brought to the United States as children and know no other country they can call home. Nevertheless, we are all aware that DACA recipients have been arrested and kept in custody. Mr. Montes has been deported despite his legal status and, therefore, I urge you to bring him back to the United States immediately.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Steve Rhodes

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One Comment

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    isnt it racist?

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