Standing in Support of Our DREAMers
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) issued the following statement after 19 year-old Josue Romero was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in San Antonio:
“After conferring with his father and his attorney, I have tonight made a formal request to ICE in Washington for Josue’s immediate release. While its new policies may increasingly endanger millions of undocumented immigrants, the Trump Administration has not yet revoked DACA. ICE must not revoke DACA on a case-by-case basis. Josue is a student in good standing who is charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession. He poses no threat to our national security or public safety. The only threat posed is to Josue’s personal safety if ICE deports him to Honduras, a dangerous country which he has never known as home. I hope other members of our community will join in voicing their strong support for Josue.”
The Congressman’s request for his release or parole is below:
Acting Assistant Director Sean Hackbarth
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Department of Homeland Security
500 12th St. SW, Washington, DC 20536
Dear Acting Assistant Director Sean Hackbarth,
I respectfully request a grant of parole for Josue Romero, A097398485, a nineteen-year-old constituent of the district that I represent in Congress.
Josue was brought to the United States from Honduras as a young child by his family to escape violence and a lack of opportunity. The United States is the only country he has ever really called home. He did so well in public school in San Antonio that he was awarded a college scholarship. He is currently a student in good standing in his second year at the Southwest School of Art. Since middle school, he has participated in Say Sí, a highly regarded local youth development program that provides students with opportunities to develop artistic and social skills. Through the program, he took the initiative to mentor younger students.
Josue is a “DREAMer,” who holds a permit under DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). I have reviewed the statement that the Department of Homeland Security issued yesterday regarding the “Arrest of Alien Gang Member” which says in part that those “granted deferred action from deportation who are subsequently found to pose a threat to national security or public safety may have their deferred action terminated at any time and DHS may seek their removal from the United States.”
Josue was apparently arrested for possession of less than two ounces of marijuana. He poses no threat to our security or safety. The only threat to safety is what may well happen to him personally if he is deported to Honduras. The Administration has not yet announced any change in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. I would respectfully urge that this official policy not be changed on a case by case basis for individuals who may not be perfect but who are making a perfectly good contribution to our community.
I urge you to release Josue on parole and to not deprive him of his home in San Antonio.