May 24, 2019
YOU DELAYED KENNETH'S DEPORTATION THIS WEEK!!--
NOW CALLS NEEDED AGAINST THREATS HE WILL BE DEPORTED NEXT TUESDAY!
IF YOU DIDN'T ALREADY SIGN LAST WEEK,
PLEASE SIGN HERE
TO SEEK PROTECTIONS FOR KENNETH NOW!

Dear Friends,

More than 400 of you signed signed a letter and called ICE immediately to help stop Kenneth’s deportation earlier this week - AND IT WORKED!!!

Just hours after Kenneth was told he would be deported at 11 p.m. Monday night, he was informed his deportation had been delayed! ICE reported receiving many phone calls and emails - and they saw the amazing responses as hundreds of you, from dozens of states, signed on to the letter to support Kenneth!

Kenneth’s partner Yeslin is DEEPLY grateful for so much love and compassion expressed! However, she knows this reprieve is likely to last only a few short days - and says, “PLEASE, before next Tuesday, we have to do something to get him out!"

Help Yeslin and Kenneth by doing these three things NOW:

1)    PLEASE SIGN ON HERE (if you have not already done so) to a support letter before Monday at noon to ask ICE to reinstate/issue an ICE Stay of Deportation for Kenneth NOW to keep him from being deported as early as NEXT Tuesday, May 28!   (See the full text of the letter here . ) This letter asks for: 1) A Stay of Deportation, 2) Permission for Kenneth to marry the mother of his sons, and 3) Kenneth’s parole application to be approved.

2)   CALL THE ATLANTA ICE REGIONAL FIELD OFFICE (408-893-1206). Ask to speak with Field Office Director Sean Gallagher. Use the following script:

“We urge you to reinstate/issue an ICE Stay of Deportation for Kenneth Azurdia Hernandez to halt his deportation! Kenneth’s A# is: 216-274-390. His infant and 3-year-old sons, their mother, and his own mother (with a serious heart condition) need him. A stay should be granted him because he continues to await a decision on appeal to the 11th Circuit Court of his asylum, he has a Parole Application pending in the courts, and he is seeking permission to marry the mother of his two preschool sons--whose own asylum case is still pending. Several weeks ago, ICE told Kenneth’s lawyer they agreed to stay his deportation. Please don’t turn back on this agreement - but instead mercifully reinstate/issue an ICE Stay of Removal for Kenneth Azurdia Hernandez NOW!!"

3)   CALL U.S. CONGRESSMAN SANFORD BISHOP, GA, 2nd DISTRICT , (229-439-8067). Use this script:

“We know that Stewart Detention Center is in your district, and we are calling to request you to do everything possible to protect Kenneth Azurdia Hernandez from deportation. Please hold ICE accountable in their actions. Encourage them to reinstate/issue an ICE Stay of Deportation for Kenneth so that he might reunite with his two preschool age sons, their mother, and his mother. This Stay should be issued and remain in place until after the 11th Circuit Court has the chance to rule on his Parole Application currently before them. Also, please encourage ICE to allow Kenneth to marry the mother of his two children immediately, to help the family reunite, and allow him to be added to his wife’s asylum case still in process.”
Please pass this email on to your congregations and others who could help Kenneth's family by signing the letter and making the above calls immediately!!

Thank you so much for sharing in love for Kenneth’s family, and for joining him in demonstrating the power of faith and community values of love which confirm that, indeed, “the word of God is living and active”! (Hebrews 4:12)

Sincerely,
Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea, Director,
Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries
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