Juan Martinez-Garcia has been a community leader with the Glahriadores in Atlanta for years. For the past four years, Juan has dealt with the bureaucracy of immigration agencies after Cobb County Police stopped him for allegedly running a red light, arrested him for driving without a license, and then transferred him to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to be deported in 2012.
Since then, he's been trying to prove his humanity to authorities and asking for them to use discretion and close his case.
His case is a perfect example of how programs like Secure Communities, PEP, and 287(g) have had a devastating effect and how the policies of the current administration are still failing.
Juan has been in the US for 18 years and has no other interaction with law enforcement. Because he is married but doesn't have children, the government says his family and his place in our community doesn't count.
We are asking Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Atlanta Field Office to close Juan Martinez Garcia's case. He has a right to stay in this country, he may not have children, but he has support, community that is here for him.
Juan has a check-in with ICE on Thursday September 8, 2016.
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Thank you to all of those who have signed off on this petition, we are extremely grateful for your support. Juan has another check-in with ICE on September 8th, 2016, and he has been asked to bring an open ticket with him. There is still a possibility that ICE will detain Juan. We are hoping to gather 1,500 signatures before September 8th, 2016. We will keep you posted with any updates. Thanks for the support!
Gracias a todxs lxs que han firmado la petición, agradecemos el apoyo que Juan ha recibido. Juan tendrá una segunda cita con ICE el 8 de Septiembre 2016, le han pedido que compre su boleto de avión, todavía hay la posibilidad de que Juan sea detenida en la siguiente cita. Estamos pidiendo que sigan compartiendo la petición, nuestra meta es de obtener 1,500 firmas antes del 8 de septiembre. Lxs mantendremos informados por si hay información adicional. ¡Muchas gracias por el apoyo!