Update: Horribly, despite having an open DHS Civil Rights & Civil Liberties investigation about the medical abuse that Angel suffered, ICE deported Angel to Guatemala. However, the fight isn't over. Angel is currently living with the family of a man he was randomly deported with and depending upon their kindness. His infection has returned and he does not have access to proper medical care. His family is devestated. We demand that DHS bring Angel back for the investigation!
ICE sterilized and almost castrated 55-year-old Angel Rosa and is now trying to deport him to disappear the evidence!
Angel has lived in the U.S. for many years, making his home in Utah with his wife Lorena and their five children Judith (30-year-old U.S. Citizen), Raul (29-year-old green card holder) , Jose (25-year-old U.S. Citizen), Lorena (18-year-old U.S. Citizen), and Eliza (15-year-old U.S. Citizen). He also has six U.S. citizen grandchildren. He is a loving and devoted father in a close-knit family. After an unfortunate incident about 15 years ago where prescription medication reacted badly with alcohol and the police were called, he has been completely sober.
Starting in April 2012, he was detained by ICE for over two years where he experienced extreme medical abuse. He was locked in a cell with exposed sewage and prevented from showering, leading to a severe and painful testicular infection. Despite pleas, ICE denied him medical care until the infection spread throughout his body, caused his rectum to swell shut, and produced a massive intestinal infection. Only the begging of other detained people resulted in him being allowed to see a doctor. Immediately, he was tranfered to a hospital. With the strong possibility of him requiring surgical castration, ICE released him from detention and left him to fend for himself with this medical condition and all the expenses. Since then he has experienced recurring infections and was left sterilized.
In the midst of litigation regarding his injuries, ICE agents raided Angel's home this morning (January 15, 2016) and detained him for imminent deportation to Guatemala. They are trying to disappear the evidence of their abuse, rip him from his family, and make it even harder for him to get proper medical care.
From his daughter Lorena: "My father is a hard-working man. Even when he didn't have hope, he never gave up on his family. My father would stop eating to feed a hungry person. He will give you his jacket to keep you warm. His whole life, he worked under the sun doing landscaping. My Dad always made sure we had food to eat. He always came straight home to be with his family. Oh how much he loves his family. Words cant explain how he loves us . He made sure his grandchildren had all his love too. In the summer, he loves to fish. Every Saturday, he would wake us up with the supplies ready to go fishing. My dad loves reading the bible every night before he goes to bed and praying. He is a strong man who has been through so much. He would do anything to stay with his children!"
Please call Richard Rocha at ICE HQ at 202.407.5142 and tell him:
"Stop the deportation of Angel Rosa (A 028-620-363)! He is a 55 year old devoted husband, father of 5 (including 4 U.S. citizens), and grandfather of 6! When he was detained by ICE in Utah, he was held in a cell with raw sewage and developed a life-threatening testicular, anal, and intestinal infection as a result. He was almost castrated, was left tly sterilized, and has extreme medical problems still. ICE has re-detained him and the same facility where he almost died and is threatening to deport him at any moment. He and his family need each other! Release him!"
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