Erick Jimenez Carreño came to the U.S. when he was a child. He graduated from Carver High School in Birmingham, Alabama in 2015. Since then, he has worked tirelessly – most recently in two jobs, as a roofer in the daytime and cleaning offices in the evenings – in order to support his family, including his 14-year-old U.S. citizen brother Justin, who was born with hydrocephalus (fluid buildup in the brain), vocal cord paralysis and Dandy-Walker malformation, a congenital disorder that affects his brain development, and has led him to suffer global developmental delays, seizures, and cerebral palsy. Justin only recently started walking on his own, and can only say three words: “mama,” “hola” and “Eri.” He is completely dependent on care from Erick and his siblings and mom Jova, who is a single mother.
Erick was granted DACA status in 2013. He did not renew his DACA when it expired in 2015 because his family could not afford the application fee. While in high school, he received recognitions for participating in the U.S. Army’s Junior ROTC program and the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Minority Business Training and Development Program. Erick has never been convicted of any crime more serious than a traffic ticket. He was handed over to ICE by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department after posting bond on a misdemeanor DUI charge that he plans to fight in court, if given the chance to reunite with his family and his community in Birmingham.
Tell us ICE to free Erick and stop his deportation – his little brother Justin and his whole family needs him home for the holidays!
Javier Martinez-Gonzalez and his former coworkers sued their abusive ex-boss Antonio Mondragon after he stole their wages and violated their labor rights. A week after Mondragon openly threatened to call ICE on them during a meet about the lawsuit, ICE raided Javier’s new job and took him away!
Javier and Gabriel and Rafael Diaz Valverde are plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit seeking about $10,000 in unpaid wages for roofing work they performed for Mondragon and other defendants in Alabama and Florida. The lawsuit, Valverde v. Mondragon, is currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. The workers’ case has garnered significant community support and media attention.
Gabriel adds that Mondragon “also threatened my brother Rafael and me. Now we’re scared that ICE will come for us too. All because Mondragon doesn’t want to pay us the wages he owes us.”
Javier has lived in Alabama for seven years. He is a hard worker who supports his aging parents. He has received some traffic tickets and paid a fine for a DUI in 2014. Under ICE’s own policy, workers fighting abuses by bosses and plaintiffs in civil and labor rights lawsuits are supposed to be protected from detention and deportation. Especially in a state like Alabama, which has very few protections for workers’ rights, allowing ICE to deport Javier will send a message to other unscrupulous employers that they are free to use ICE as a tool of retaliation and intimidation. It will drive other immigrant workers who are victims of labor rights violations back into the shadows. Demand that ICE release Javier from detention and close his case now!
Tell the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to terminate its contract to hold immigrants in the Etowah County Detention Center and investigate systemic human rights abuses at the facility