Wilfredis, currently detained by ICE , with his U.S. citizen son Justin, who is only 4 years old. ICE denied Wilfredis’s request for discretion and plans to deport him.
Wilfredis Castillo (A #098-651-976) is the most important person in the life of his 4 year old son, Justin, a U.S. citizen who suffers from severe food allergies which require him to be hospitalized frequently.
Wilfredis is the sole financial provider for Justin. His dad is his best friend.
But ICE is more interested in deporting Wilfredis than ensuring that a U.S. citizen boy who needs his dad in his life is separated from him forever.
Wilfredis has been detained by ICE in New Jersey for one month despite never having been convicted of a crime.
On March 3, ICE denied his request for prosecutorial discretion, even though he clearly falls under the guidelines as set forth in the Morton Memorandum and in the Sandweg Directive because he has a U.S. citizen child who suffers from a severe medical ailment, has resided in the U.S. since 2005, has no criminal history, and who has minimal ties to his native country of Honduras.
The Field Office Director of ICE’s New Jersey Office justified its decision by stating that:
Granting a stay of deportation or removal is reserved for a select group of cases whose circumstances reflect compelling humanitarian factors and, when considered with the mission of the agency, warrant such extraordinary action. The immigration history of this case, when balanced against the positive factors you raise and the agency’s goals, do not warrant a positive exercise of discretion.
This is unacceptable. Wilfredis does have a removal order from 2005. But his son’s entire life should not be sacrificed for the agency’s goal of removing as many individuals as possible irrespective of how it will devastate vulnerable members of our community.
Please call ICE’s Deputy Assistant Director Andrew Lorenzen Strait at 202-732-4262 and Assistant Field Office Director Mark Vogler at 973-776-3328 to request Wilfredis be granted a stay of removal so that his son does not lose his dad forever.
Alternatively, please write to Newark.Outeach@ICE.DHS.GOV and Ero.Outreach@ICE.DHS.GOV. Here is a sample script:
Wilfredis Castillo (A # 098-651-976) is the sole financial provider of 4 year old U.S. citizen son who has severe food allergies and who will be devastated if his father is removed from the United States. He has no criminal convictions.
Under the Morton Memorandum, Wilfredis is a perfect candidate for the exercise of prosecutorial discretion given how important he is to the welfare of his 4 year old U.S. citizen son, his length of residence in the United States, and the absence of any criminal history.
Given that Wilfredis is not a priority for removal under the Morton Memorandum and the Sandweg Directive, I respectfully request that the denial of his stay of removal be reconsidered.