Monday, May 21, 2012

ICE Deported Garcia Diaz And Diaz Sales To Coverup Abuse During 2008 Wrongful House Raid

Adolfo Garcia Diaz and Julio Diaz Sales

Two Guatemalan nationals were deported on Friday after exhausting all ICE appeals.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 21, 2012

Homestead, Florida - On Friday, both Adolfo Garcia Diaz, 21, and Julio Diaz Sales, 21, who are Guatemalan nationals and cousins were finally deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after exhausting all their revenues to seek a permanent stay. On November 19, 2008, ICE agents mistakenly raided their house in Homestead south Florida during an operation called RES-Q to crackdown on brothels or prostitution houses that allegedly held undocumented women who were beaten and forced into prostitution for as little as $25 per sexual encounter.
ICE agents were accused of using excessive force when they beat and kicked both Sales and Diaz in the face, including two other men while handcuffed in the raid. A year long internal investigation by ICE's Office of Professional and Responsibility  found no credible or "substantiated evidence" that the ICE agents involved abused their authority, but the investigation couldn't explain how the four men resulted with massive injuries and who committed the assaults.
The two other men were granted stays and will remain in the U.S., but both Sales and Diaz exhausted their three year work authorization and temperary stay to appeal their immigration cases, but were finally deported on Friday.
Several immigrant rights groups and organizations launched a Change dot org petition drive that gather more than 37,000 signatures seeking to keep both cousins in the country to no avail. They claimed that Sales and Diaz became ICE crime victims and should have been allowed to stay in the U.S. They were never charged with a felony crime, but were actually deported to coverup the crime against them by ICE agents and the lack of accountabilty that continues to exist at ICE under John Morton, ICE Secretary, according to immigration rights activists.
Several organizations, AI Justice and We Count vowed to continue to seek justice for the cousins and to expose the truth about what had actually happened during the Nov. 2008 ICE's RES-Q operation in Homestead.
Sales and Diaz have not decided whether they would appeal the decision from Guatemala or would engage in a federal lawsuit against the ICE agents who allegedly beat them.

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