Help get my brother Juan Carlos Vera home, detained for looking for work

Juan Carlos Vera (A# 205 282 375) is currently detained at the McHenry Detention Center, after a human resource person called the police because he was undocumented. The HR employee claimed that it was her “civic duty” to report Juan Carlos. Below is a letter from his brother, Jose Vera, who is an organizer with the Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project, in Bolingbrook, Illinois. Sign the petition to get Juan Carlos home at


My older brother Juan Carlos Vera, age 26, is the husband of Anavel Aguilera, a U.S. citizen. They both have a US citizen child 9 months old, and they have another one on the way. Juan Carlos was not able to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) because of a past DUI violation four years ago. He took all the classes, and paid the fines to have that resolved, but unfortunately DACA states one DUI is enough to disqualify him. Juan Carlos was already meeting with attorneys to see if he would qualify for a provisional waiver to adjust his status. He was waiting until March 4th for when the provisional waiver would become available.

Juan Carlos knowing that he had another baby on the way was looking for a better job opportunity. On the morning of Feb. 11th Juan Carlos showed up to work at his new job, where he was accused of working  using a different name. The Human Resources people there felt they had the ‘civic duty’ to report my brother and called the police. This is the second case of that same company using the Bolingbrook Police as an immigration authority to report people. Juan Carlos was only trying to work to provide for his family. The Bolingbrook Police tried charging him with 3 felonies because he would not talk until he had his attorney present. The police detective himself called Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to instruct that Juan Carlos would be transferred to Will County Jail, according to what my brother has told me.

The Will County state’s attorney decided that they would only charge him with one felony, and the evidence that they have is doubtful. His next court date for that is on March 6th, 2013.

We were not allowed to pay bail for him until Feb. 13th. At that time we were notified they would not be releasing him because of an ICE hold. Juan Carlos was sent to Broadview Detention Center the morning of valentines day, February 14, 2013. He was told it would be at least 2-3 weeks before he could see a judge for bail. He was told he would be transferred to another detention center, and that bail was likely but they couldn’t let him go because of the felony charge against him at this moment.

We really just want to get him out to fight this from the outside. His wife and 9 month old son really do miss him, and need him for support. His wife is pregnant and she is currently undergoing a lot of stress.

Thank you for your support,
Jose Vera

Jose Vera is an organizer at the Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project in Bolingbrook, Illinois. 

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