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!