Father of 5 Asks for Sanctuary in Chicago Southside On Day Supreme Court Hears DAPA 


20140210_203924-2Click here to sign the petition to stop his deportation

Jose Juan Federico Moreno is a father of 5 U.S. citizen children who had been given until last Friday April 15, 2016 to leave the country and ‘self-deport.’ After seven years of fighting his deportation, the Chicago ICE office denied the request to postpone the separation from his family, leaving him no option but to take sanctuary in a south side church.

On Monday, the day that the Supreme Court begins arguments on the President’s deferred action program for parents of U.S. citizens (DAPA), Mr. Moreno and his wife, Ms. Berenice Alonzo, will be speaking to the press about their decision to seek sanctuary. Ms. Alonzo, who would be eligible for DAPA, will be speaking at Chicago’s press conference on the Supreme Court hearings in front of ICE on Monday morning. After the press conference, along with supporters, she will go visit Mr. Moreno at his space of Sanctuary, where he will be available to talk to press.

WHAT: Press conference and press availability for Jose Juan Federico Moreno and his family, who are seeking sanctuary from deportation in a Church in Chicago’s south side.

WHEN: Monday April 18, 2016 11:00-11:30 AM Press Conference
12:30-2:00 PM Press Availability at Sanctuary Church
4:00-6:00 PM Press Availability at Church*
*Other availability made upon request, contact Lissette Castillo, 312-770-0350, to schedule.

WHERE: Outside Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office
101 West Congress, Chicago, IL.

WHO: Mr. Moreno, his wife Ms. Alonzo and his five children. Members and leaders of Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD), Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project (SSIP), the Chicago Religions Leadership Network (CRNL), West Suburban Action Project (PASO), and members of the #Not1More Deportation Campaign.

WHY: On the day that the Supreme Court of the United States begins to hear arguments for the President’s deferred action program that is supposed to bring relief from deportation to millions of parents of U.S. citizens, Mr. Moreno, a father of 5 U.S. citizens, announced that he is taking refuge in a Chicago south side church. Mr. Moreno was supposed to go to O’Hare airport to self-deport on Friday, but instead decided to fight to stay with his children.

His wife, Ms. Alonzo, who would qualify for DAPA, said: “When I heard about DAPA I thought it would be good for my entire family. Maybe me and my husband could stop fearing being separated from our children. When he was given the date for deportation, we talked and decided that our children would have a better life and opportunities in their country where they were born. We would stay here even if he were to be deported. But we also know the best option for our children is if he is here to help me raise them, to provide for them, help them in school and in life. I ask ICE to re-consider their decision and let our family stay together.”

Mr. Moreno was first placed in deportation proceedings in 2009 following a conviction for Driving Under the Influence (DUI). He paid all his fines, attended rehabilitation and driving safety classes, and otherwise has never had any other infraction. Despite that, his family has had to fight tirelessly to stop his deportation as ICE refuses to use discretion in his case. While a judge recognized that Juan Jose’s deportation would cause hardship and undue suffering for his children, he ultimately upheld his deportation order because although he has lived here for 16 years, he could only find paperwork to prove he’s been in the US for the last nine. The local ICE office has denied his petitions for a stay of deportation despite the extreme hardships that his family would face if he was deported.

A petition in support of stopping Mr. Moreno gathered over 2,600 signatures before Mr. Moreno took sanctuary. A new one can be found at: http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/portfolio/josejuan/


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