Thursday, May 10, 2012

[PDI] Fwd: ICE agents beat 17-year-olds

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From: "Gabriela Garcia," <>
Date: May 10, 2012 4:32 PM
Subject: ICE agents beat 17-year-olds
To: <>

[image:] * Stop the deportation of Julio and Adolfo,
cousins who were beaten at age 17 by immigration agents, before Sunday.
Sign Romy's Petition

Daniel -

Julio Diaz Sales and Adolfo Garcia Diaz were 17 years old when immigration
agents busted down the door of their Miami-area home. Julio and Adolfo say
they were handcuffed, thrown on the floor, and beaten in the face and

*Only it was all a mistake* -- Julio and Adolfo had not committed any
crimes. Immigration agents later admitted *they broke into the wrong
house*as part of a sting operation.

*Despite all this, immigration officials are set to deport Julio and Adolfo
out of the U.S. on Sunday. *Their attorney, Romy Lerner, knows that members have helped stop dozens of other last-minute
deportations, and she thinks the only chance the boys have is to rally
public support.

*Romy started a petition on asking ICE Director John Morton to
intervene and let Julio and Adolfo stay in the

*Click here to sign Romy's petition before Julio and Adolfo are deported on

Their injuries were so bad that the immigration center's director
immediately started an investigation into what happened. But Romy says
immigration agents apparently showed little concern for the boys' injuries.

"No agent was hurt," wrote one immigration agent in an email obtained by *
Univision*. *"I'm not sure what happened with the bad guys, but who cares
what happened to them anyways?"*

The "bad guys" were Julio and Adolfo -- two 17-year-old boys mistakenly
caught up in a botched raid.

Julio and Adolfo came to the U.S. from Guatemala as children. While they
entered the country without documentation, they've worked hard in America
and don't have any criminal record.

Despite ICE's initial mistake in targeting the boys, their subsequent
beatings, and their otherwise clean backgrounds, *Julio and Adolfo have
until only Sunday before they're deported back to Guatemala.*

Romy Lerner, the boys' attorney, has represented many people facing
deportation. When she sees what Julio and Adolfo have been through, she
fears that the immigration system will continue to fail her clients. She's
hoping to rally support for the cousins in their final days before they'll
be forced to leave the U.S.

*Click here to sign Romy's petition to stop Julio and Adolfo's deportation
scheduled for Sunday.*<>

Thanks for being a change-maker,

- Gabriela and the team

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