HOUSTON-- Legal experts, religious leaders and community Leaders gathered outside of the Houston Federal Courthouse to plead for a federal injunction on behalf of the Rodriguez family, whose father Juan Rodriguez is facing deportation.
"Mr. Rodriguez is said to turn himself in on June 29th to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). With his legal team, we are exploring every legal avenue which could help Mr. Rodriguez stay with his family in the U.S. By deporting the father the government will be, in essence deporting the U.S. citizen children," said Cesar Espinosa, Executive Director FIEL.
The FIEL organization advocates for fair laws for immigrant youth, works with immigrant families and students to gain access to higher education for all people regardless of immigration status.
According to a survey by the Atlantic daily, ICE has arrested more than 41,300 undocumented immigrants since President Trump signed executive orders to tighten border security and crack down on sanctuary cities.
"It’s very unjust what’s going on, when our new president came in he said they were just deporting criminals and bad hombres but my dad is a good man,” Rodriguez's eldest daughter Karen Rodriguez said. He contributes to his community, he pays his taxes, he’s established something here. They are trying to deport him and separate my family and that’s not right.
The Rodriguez’s family is of the Seventh Day Adventist faith and said that it is against their religious belief of family and unity to separate their family. By deporting the father the family would be in violation of their faith.
“We are appealing to the authorities not to disrupt this family, not to try to penalize this family. What they are doing is penalizing the whole idea of family,” Archbishop Fiorenza said.
A statement from Congressman Al Green was read at the press conference by Espinosa, which said in part:
This is a human tragedy unfolding before our very eyes. A father is being separated from his wife, a husband is being separated from his children and a family is losing their bread winner. The wife has health issues and will not be able to provide for the family. The wife and children are American citizens who may need government assistance to survive. Where will they go? What will they do? This should not happen in the richest and greatest country in the world, shame on us,” said Green.
The local community and facebook have continued to push for sympathy in hopes that the case will be dropped against the Rodriguez family.
Continue to follow the case at www.fielhouston.org/rodriguez.