Chicago Immigration Authorities Deny All Appeals, Ignore Community Support in Case of Manuel Roman
CHICAGO, IL– Manuel Roman has been in immigrant detention for the last year. His wife and two daughters have been forced to endure immense psychological and economic difficulties due to his detention. However, with community support, they have done everything possible to fight for Manuel’s release including asking Congressman Luis Gutierrez, who is currently reviewing the case, to intervene. Despite the fact that Manuel Roman is not a priority for deportation, the local ICE office has denied Manuel’s stay of removal and he is set to be deported this Friday.
A Press conference will be held this Friday by local immigrants, advocates, and supporters of Manuel Roman to demand that ICE follow their guidelines and immediately release him.
The press conference will he held November, 05, 2015, 11:00 A.M., at the Chicago Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office, 101 W. Congress Parkway, in Chicago.
In a letter wrote from detention, he penned:
I have been detained at Dodge County Detention center since November of 2014 and since then my wife and two daughters have suffered. My oldest daughter has been going see a psychologist because she has been distressed since I was detained. It hurts me a lot to know that Martha is struggling by herself with our two daughters. Knowing that my family is suffering hurts me a lot…I was the only economic provider for my family before getting detained and without my income my family has suffered.
I…ask that you listen to my story and consider that the 10 year-old conviction [which does not make him priority for deportation] does not define who I am, does not reflect the dedication I have to my family or to my community. I hope you can help to give me a chance to stay in this country and continue to love, provide, and support my two daughters and wife.
ICE has negligently and deliberately put Manuel Ramon into removal proceedings, today we demand that ICE follow their own guidelines and release Manuel Roman so that he may be reunited with his family. We will continue to stand alongside Manuel’s family and make every attempt to achieve his release, #Fight4Families!