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Grant Discretion for NC Father in Sanctuary

Join us in urging ICE to use prosecutorial discretion to stop the deportation of Eliseo Jimenez and keep this family together. Until then Eliseo will be living  in the Umstead Park United Church of Christ.

On Oct. 9, 2017, Eliseo Jimenez entered protective sanctuary at Umstead Park United Church of Christ in Raleigh. He is the fourth undocumented immigrant to enter sanctuary in North Carolina.

Please help now by signing this petition to urge ICE to allow Eliseo Jimenez to stay in the United States with his family.

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Targets: DHS Acting Secretary Elane Duke, ICE Field Office Director Sean Gallagher, Senator Richard Burr, Senator Thom Tillis, Congressman David Price, Congressman Mark Walker, and Raleigh City Council:

We, the congregation of Umstead Park United Church of Christ, our friends and supporters, call on you to do everything in your power to stop the deportation of Eliseo Jimenez. Until then, our church will continue to provide sanctuary for Mr. Jimenez - a loving and devoted father of four US-born children.

On Oct. 9, 2017, Eliseo Jimenez entered protective sanctuary at Umstead Park United Church of Christ in Raleigh. He is the fourth undocumented immigrant to enter sanctuary in North Carolina.

Since fleeing for his life to the U.S. more than two decades ago, Mr. Jimenez has created a productive life in NC. He is a hardworking and loving father of four US citizen children: Antonio (18 years old), Carmen (14 years old), Allison (5 years old) and Christopher (4 years old). He has provided for all of his children financially and emotionally since birth. In fact, after being deported in 2007, he returned to the US because he needed to provide for his children. Presently, Mr. Jimenez is the primary breadwinner of his family and continues to be a supportive father to his eldest children.

Shortly after being pulled over and arrested for driving without a license, authorities forced Mr. Jimenez to take a stipulated order of removal. He was deprived of access to legal counsel or the right to hear his case before a judge. Therefore, he never had the opportunity to exhaust all legal options to fight his deportation. In addition to tearing him away from his dependent family, Mr. Jimenez faces grave threats if deported to Mexico.

As Eliseo himself states, “I can’t give up. I have to fight. My family needs me. I believe that any loving, responsible father would do what I’m doing.”

According to Rev. Douglas Long, minister at Umstead Park UCC, “Offering refuge to a family caught in the crosshairs of the system we live in and benefit from is a spiritual act. It is about practicing our belief in the equal humanity of all. Providing sanctuary gives their lawyers time to follow due process and their advocates an opportunity to lobby legislators to pass laws that actually make sense… laws that reflect the economic and social reality that we have lived in all our lives.”

Mr. Jimenez’s family and supporters request that ICE stay his deportation, and continue granting him deferrals until the government creates a way for him to obtain legal status.