With the President’s Executive Action in court, area parents fight deportation in order to benefit from it
WHAT: Community rally and press conference in support of Noe Adan Carlos Herrera and Jose Juan Moreno. Both are parents of U.S. citizen children who could qualify for the President’s Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) announced on November 20, 2014. The Supreme Court of the United States is set to begin hearing arguments in favor of the program on April 18, but both fathers are supposed self deport by April 12th and April 15th, respectively. Noe Adan’s attorney will be submitting a request to the Chicago ICE Field Office for a Stay of Removal in order to put a stop to Noe Adan’s deportation order
WHO: The two fathers who are facing deportation, Noe Adan Carlos Herrera and Jose Juan Moreno, their family members and supporters, members of Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD), community advocates and allies
WHEN: 10:30 am Wednesday, April 6, 2016
WHERE: Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL
WHY: Responding to campaigns demanding action, President Obama announced the expansion of the deferred action deportation relief program in November, 2014 to extend to approximately five million undocumented individuals who are parents of US citizens or legal permanent residents. The program is set to be heard in front of the Supreme Court on April 18th after being enjoined by a Republican lawsuit seeking to block its implementation altogether.
In between the President’s announcement and the court’s decision, immigration authorities have not hesitated to continue their aggressive pursuit of removal of undocumented Chicagoans, two of whom are fathers who are being instructed by ICE to self-deport just days before the Supreme Court hearing.
Noe Adan spent thirteen months in Dodge County Detention after making a right turn at a red light. OCAD secured his release last year and he has since fulfilled all required immigration check-ins. He is the proud father of a 4 year old US citizen. He is a member of the Aurora community, and a member of Organized Communities Against Deportations. Although he does not fit any of the DHS guidelines for deportation, an agent from the Chicago ICE Field office has erroneously claimed he is a “priority” for deportation. For his next check-in with Chicago ICE on April 12, 2016 Noe Adan has been told to bring in a ticket to Mexico in order to self-deport or be taken into custody again.
Jose Juan is the sole breadwinner of his family and the father of five US citizen children of 2, 5, 9, 12, and 14 years of age. He has lived in the U.S. for over 16 years. He is a member of the Bolingbrook, IL community and a leader with the Southwest Suburban Immigration Project. Although he has a 2009 conviction for a DUI, DHS has discretion over whether to consider it a significant factor in his case if he were able to apply for DAPA.
Although DAPA has not gone into effect, it is unacceptable and cruel for the Chicago ICE Field office to target fathers for deportation who could qualify for this relief. The Chicago ICE Field Office can exercise prosecutorial discretion and stop these fathers’ deportations.