Free Jose Juan Martinez!


We’re calling on the community to come together once again to fight the deportation of one of our community members. Jose Juan Martinez is a 21-year-old who was born and raised in Guanajuato, Mexico. He was working in construction to support himself and his family when he started getting harassed and tormented by members of organized crime in the area. He was threatened and forced to give up half of his weekly salary and started getting pressured to join the gangs. In order to escape, he talked to his family and he decided to move to the United States where some of his aunts lived.

Jose Juan arrived in Hartford about a year ago and immediately started working at a nursery to support his family financially. His aunts describe him as a good son and nephew and a hard worker who wants to succeed for his family.

On December 9th, Jose Juan, together with his uncle, his aunt and his cousin were driving thru Franklin County, New York to pick up a friend when they were pulled over by the police. The officer asked to see the ID of everyone in the car- not just the driver. The family complied and was allowed to go. Thirty minutes later, the same officer pulled them over again. He told them they had to wait. Turns out the police officer had been following them and had called ICE, in complete violation of a recent New York State law passed on November 14th which prohibits local and state police from making arrests and holding people for ICE. Three ICE cars showed up and detained and processed all 4 of them, including Jose Juan’s cousin who is a U.S. citizen.  Jose Juan and his uncle were taken into detention in New Hampshire while his aunt and cousin were allowed to leave.

Jose Juan’s uncle was deported on December 26th at 3am. He wasn’t given a chance to say goodbye or even tell anybody that he was being deported until he was in Mexico. Jose Juan’s bail was set at $14,000 and and he was told that if he didn’t have a lawyer by December 10th he would be deported. Make the Road CT is working with the Immigrant Bail Fund to try to help Jose Juan's family raise part of the bail so he can fight his case from his home.


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