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Gay Man Faces Deportation and Danger

July 10, 2011
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Julio Hernandez is a gay man from El Salvador. He left the country after gang members threatened him. He is undocumented.

He was on his way home from a bus trip to Chicago on April 27, 2011. Immigration agents boarded the bus in Erie, Pennsylvania and asked for his identification papers.  They put him in a detention center for nine days. He came back to New York wearing an electronic ankle bracelet.

He faces deportation.

Hernandez said in immigration court, “For me it is dangerous in my country. I want to stay in the U.S. I want a better life for me and my family.”

Hernandez is a student at Bronx Community College, studying radiology.

A group, the New York State Leadership Council is campaigning to stop his deportation. They are getting signatures on a petition.

“He came from El Salvador fearing for his life,” said a member of the group. “He has a price on his head.”

The New York Daily News


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