To: Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Wilmer has just been placed in solitary - Demand his release and stop his deportation!

Wilmer has just been placed in solitary - Demand his release and stop his deportation!

To: Ricardo Wong, Director
Chicago Field Office
Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Sylvia Bonaccorsi-Manno, Assistant Director
Chicago Field Office
Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Dear Director Wong and Assistant Director Bonaccorsi-Manno,
I am writing in support of the request from Mr. Wilmer Catalan Ramirez, A(098 500 300), to let him out of solitary confinement and to stay his deportation so that he is able to remain with his two U.S. citizen children and his partner, all of whom depend on him. Although he has been deported in the past, he should not be considered priority for deportation or be placed in isolation. He originally came to the United States with hopes of a better life, and returned after his deportation seeking this same dream.

Mr. Wilmer Catalan first came to the United States in 2006 with hopes of achieving a better life for himself and his family. That same year, Mr. Catalan was deported back to his home country. Several months ago, Mr. Catalan was the victim of an armed attack which has left half of his body paralyzed and having to use a prosthetic leg. At the moment of his detention, Mr. Catalan was still recuperating from this attack, experiencing mobility issues and requiring constant medical care.

I urge your office to take into consideration Mr. Wilmer Catalan’s good behavior, his value to his community, and the suffering of his family and use prosecutorial discretion to stop Mr. Wilmer Catalan’s deportation and grant his request for a stay of removal and to get him out of isolation. Stop the deportation of Wilmer Catalan Ramirez, currently at risk for imminent deportation by the Chicago ICE field Office.

This arrest, which took place without a warrant or transparent communication on behalf of ICE, is representative of the Trump era for ICE whereby detentions are as violent as ever, continuing with the tradition of glaring human rights violations.

This case is emblematic of ICE’s push to keep our communities in constant fear, without ever following their supposed protocol and aiming to instill panic and terrorize immigrant families. This abuse has gone even further with placing Mr. Catalan Ramirez in isolation.

Why is this important?

Today, we got notice that Wilmer has been placed in isolation as punishment for placing a towel over his head to block off the light. We know that this is retaliation against Wilmer since this past May Day, immigrant and Black-led groups filed request for information from the City of Chicago, as start of campaign to expose the role of the gang database in criminalizing and deporting community members. The request was filed on the same day that Wilmer Catalan-Ramirez filed a lawsuit naming the City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department as responsible for sharing incorrect information with ICE that wrongfully identified Mr. Catalan-Ramirez as a gang member.

On Monday, March 27th, in a clear escalation from its already dehumanizing and violent tactics, ICE detained Wilmer Catalan Ramirez. At the time of his arrest, Wilmer was recuperating from an armed attack that left half of his body paralyzed and requires him to use a prosthetic leg.

When ICE officials arrived at Wilmer’s home they did not identify themselves as ICE, instead calling themselves detectives and pretending to be looking for a suspect named “Rubio”. Wilmer's wife, Celene, asked the agents to leave as her husband was not in any position to see them and asked them to leave as she proceeded to open the door to go inside.

As soon as she began to open the door, agents pushed her and made their way into the home and which point they proceeded to apprehend Wilmer. In this process, agents threw Celene on the ground as she was attempting to protect her ailing husband. Wilmer was also thrown into the ground and handcuffed; this exchange left him with a broken arm which was not tended to for several days following his arrest.

Wilmer migrated from Guatemala to the United States in 2006 and was deported that same year as result of an ICE raid that took place in his workplace in 2006. Shortly after being deported, Wilmer returned to the United States and has since been living here. Wilmer is a part of a loving family; his two children are both US citizens and he is the main provider for his household.

Please sign on to support Wilmer. He is being punished for standing up for his rights and ICE is attempting to place him in expedited proceedings because of his 2006 deportation. We will not stop until ICE is dismantled and families cease to be detained and torn apart by divisive and dehumanizing policies.

Chicago, IL, United States


Reasons for signing

  • He was hurt while gang banging. He is gone. He will not come back. He has a felony re entry so he is facing a lifetime bar from the US, which I think is good riddance. We do not need illegal alien gang bangers in our country, and once he is deported, he will never set foot in the US again. Justly so..
  • I'm signing this petition because we are all immigrants and human beings which deserve to be treated with respect and justice!!!
  • Because we are all no different from one another , & all deserve justice


2017-05-09 21:44:07 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

2017-04-17 19:28:35 -0400

500 signatures reached

2017-04-13 22:21:57 -0400

100 signatures reached

2017-04-13 21:19:29 -0400

50 signatures reached

2017-04-13 18:14:00 -0400

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