Juan Rodriguez is the father of three daughters, one of whom, Karen, just graduated from Cristo Rey Jesuit Houston High School. Another daughter, Rebecca, is still a student there. Juan entered this country illegally to marry his wife, Celia.
Since 2007, Juan has been going to periodic check-ins at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Houston. Because he has a family and no criminal record, Mr. Rodriguez became the beneficiary of prosecutorial discretion under the Obama administration, and the number of check-ins was reduced to one per year.
When Juan appeared for his annual check-in this February, he was told that he would be deported back to El Salvador. He was given a reprieve to attend Rebecca’s graduation from Cristo Rey Jesuit, but now he is expected to be deported by the end of June. The Houston Chronicle has run two moving stories about the family’s situation – and their love for each other, including one focusing on Karen’s graduation from Christo Rey Jesuit.
The immigration advocacy group FIEL HOUSTON is working to support the Rodriguez family. They are in need of support from the community – and from our Ignatian family. FIEL is working to collect 10,000 signatures which will be presented to a judge at some point - all the petition signatures are a show of support and a request that Mr. Rodriguez be allowed to remain in the US.
Please support this effort.
The randomly enforced but increasingly harsh deportation policies of the new administration are hurting families and children, husbands and wives. As members of the Ignatian family, please speak out for our sisters from Cristo Rey Jesuit, their father Juan and their mother Celia, and call for ICE to rescind Juan’s deportation orders.