Douglas Menjivar-Pineda (A# 098 354 973) is currently detained at the Polk Detention Center in Texas. Before being transferred to Polk, Douglas was at the Joey Corley Detention Center where he was raped and as a result his physical and mental health has deteriorated to the point of being unbearable.

Douglas came to the United States from El Salvador in 2004 to work and provide for his family but when his father became fatally ill in 2009, Douglas returned to look after him. His father passed away and Douglas lived in El Salvador for several years until he was threaten by violent groups in his town for serving as a police informant. If deported Douglas’s life would be in grave danger.

Douglas has no criminal record and based on the memorandum issued by DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson on November 20, 2014 entitled “Policies for the Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants” he is not a priority for deportation. ICE refuses to release him because Douglas was ordered removed in absentia when he missed an immigration court 10 years ago! This is not enough to send him to his death and further debilitate him.

Click here to sign the petition asking the Houston Field Office Director to release Douglas.