Help Us Stop Francisco’s Deportation

One of our union brothers is facing deportation, and he needs your help. This is urgent.

Francisco Rodriguez has lived in the U.S. since 2006 and has been in Chelsea for the past six years. He is a janitor at MIT and a member of 32BJ SEIU and the Chelsea Collaborative. He has young children who are U.S. citizens and his mother is a legal permanent resident. Despite the fact that Mr. Rodriguez is a beloved member of our community, he is facing potential deportation.

How you can support Francisco:

  1. Attend the rally for Francisco’s check-in, July 13 at 9 a.m. at the ICE Field Office, 1000 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803
  2. Call
    1. New England Regional ICE office Immigration officer Gary Roltsch: (781) 359-7500 X7625
    2. Community Relations officer Alexia Koplewski: (781) 359-7511
  3. Email
    2. Boston.Outreach@ice.dhs.go
  4. Write a letter or postcard to Immigration Officer ASAP:
    Immigration Officer Gary Roltsch
    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
    Boston Field Office
    1000 District Avenue
    Burlington, MA 01803
Sample script for calls, emails, letters, and postcards: “Hi, my name is __ and I live in__. I am calling to ask you to grant Mr. Francisco Rodriguez Guardado’s stay of removal. His A-Number: 099-665-463. Mr. Rodriguez has lived in the U.S. since 2006. He is a father of two American citizen children and with a baby on the way. He is a member of his children’s school parent committee, of the community organization Chelsea Collaborative, of the Church Tabernaculo Biblico Seguidores de Jesus, and a union member of 32BJ SEIU (Service Employees International Union) at MIT. Mr. Rodriguez Guardado always pays his taxes and contributes to his community, church, children’s school and at work. He is a beloved member of Chelsea. In addition, Mr. Rodriguez’s mother who is currently a permanent resident will become a citizen next year and shortly after she will petition for her son’s pathway to residency and eventual citizenship.”

Mr. Rodriguez applied for asylum in 2007 shortly after arriving in the United States. After his application for asylum was denied, he was granted prosecutorial discretion and has received a Stay of Removal every year since then.

On Tuesday, June 13th, Francisco went to his immigration check-in and was accompanied by more than 40 community members, including the JLC, to bear witness, support him and his family, and take a stand against unjust immigration laws and deportations. Together we chanted and sang songs of solidarity as we waited for Francisco.

In the morning, ICE said that Francisco has until Dec 13th for his next check-in, however, just six hours later, ICE said that Francisco has to return for his check-in on July 13th with travel documents.

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