Benjamin Estrada Padilla (A# 206-755-726) arrived to the US ten years ago from El Salvador. Over the past 6 years he has build a loving home with his longtime girlfriend Jessica, a legal permanent resident, in Cheverly, MD. They dreamed of marriage, children, and a bright future in their new home. Their dreams shattered Monday March 16th, when Benjamin was pulled over 2 blocks from their house.
Benjamin had started his day off driving Jessica to work when an unmarked cruiser pulled them over. Two officers approached their car and asked for his license. Benjamin provided his identification and explained that he was just dropping of his girlfriend at work. This is when the officers instructed him to get out of the car.
Instructed Benjamin walked back to the unmarked cruiser and was handcuffed. Seeing his love handcuffed Jessica demanded to know what was happening. Only at this point did the officers identify themselves as ICE agents and explained that he is now taken into custody and processed for deportation.
Benjamin is currently waiting his fate in a Snowhill Detention Center. He is facing being ripped apart from his family, community, and life that he has worked so hard to build.
We need your help to tell ICE to release Benjamin immediately and to terminate any deportation proceedings!
ICE has the ability to stop Benjamin’s deportation, to not separate him from his family, and life. Please sign the petition below to support Benjamin.
MAKE A CALL!! 1. Call ICE Director Sarah R. Saldaña, 202-732-3000
Script for calls: “Hi. My name is ________, and I’m calling to ask that ICE stop the deportation of Benjamin Estrada Padilla (A# 206-755-726). Benjamin is a hard worker, a church member, and a good member of our community. There are clear factors in Benjamin’s case indicating that he is not a threat to national security, border security, or public safety, and should not therefore be an enforcement priority. We ask that Benjamin be considered for relief under ICE’s prosecutorial discretion guidelines.”