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Take Action Now: Wrongly Deported Gay Man Quickly Running Out of HIV Drugs in Mexico

Three days before Christmas, Carlos Bringas-Rodriguez was ordered back to Mexico by an immigration judge in San Diego during a hearing he didn’t know was taking place.

Since the HIV-positive refugee was quickly deported by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) without notice, he is now hiding out in a hotel in Mexico with a dwindling supply of HIV medications.

His attorneys and family have asked the Los Angeles LGBT Center and other allies to join in applying pressure DHS to grant parole to Bringas-Rodriguez and allow him back home and resume his HIV treatment.

 “He has been fighting his case for over six years and has cooperated with immigration authorities throughout,” says his husband Mike Young. “Now his health and safety are in jeopardy. I am pleading with the authorities to bring my husband back.”

The gay HIV-positive refugee came to the U.S. as a teenager and has been seeking asylum in the U.S. since 2010.

Court documents state that as a gay child in Mexico, he was “brutally abused” by his family including his father, uncle, and cousins, among others, and threatened with his life if he reported the abuse.

His attorneys have filed an emergency appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals which had ordered him protected last year. He was deported despite the federal order by an 11-judge panel which recognized that the abuse he suffered as a child qualified him for protection under U.S. refugee and asylum laws.

“We are asking the Ninth Circuit to ensure that its order is actually followed,” said Rekha Sharma-Crawford, one of Bringas-Rodriguez’s lawyers. “The Ninth Circuit ordered that Mr. Bringas be protected from harm. By their actions, DHS and the immigration judge appear to have pretended that that harm does not exist and that order has no meaning.”

Update: Bringas-Rodriguez returned to the U.S. on Tuesday, January 16, after an emergency appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. His case is still pending.

 


TAKE ACTION NOW:

1. Send an e-mail with one-click:

2. Make a phone call:

Timothy Todd Nay
Assistant Field Office Director
(816) 880-5055

Jason B. Aguilar, Chief Counsel
Office of Chief Counsel
Department of Homeland Security
(619) 557-6343

Here's an example of what to say:

"My name is ________ and I am outraged at ICE for wrongfully deporting Carlos Bringas-Rodriguez. His life is now in danger because of DHS. The government had a duty to protect him. I am writing to demand that you parole Mr. Carlos Bringas-Rodriguez back into the United States so he can return to safety."

3. Send your own email:

Here's some sample copy to get you started.

My name is ________ and I am outraged at ICE for wrongfully deporting Carlos Bringas-Rodriguez. His life is now in danger because of DHS. The government had a duty to protect him. I am writing to demand that you parole Mr. Carlos Bringas-Rodriguez back into the United States so he can return to safety.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

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Published January 11, 2018

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