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Local Faith Leaders and People of Faith Call on ICE to Stop the Deportation of Colorado Youth Leader

Human Dignity & Just Immigration Reform

March 10, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                                           



Patty Lawless, 720-297-7091                                       

Cynthia Caldera, 720-297-8904 (Spanish media)



Local Faith Leaders and People of Faith Call on ICE to Stop the Deportation of Colorado Youth Leader

The Colorado faith community demands dignity for local families, and calls on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to cancel the deportation of 26-year-old Javier Gallegos Rosales


As a statewide organization of people of faith committed to promoting human dignity throughout Colorado, Together Colorado, a local federation of the PICO National Network has launched an effort to stop the deportation of Javier Gallegos Rosales, an aspiring American who came to this country as a young child and is now facing deportation on Wed. March 12.  Local faith leaders, people of faith, and Javier and his family and friends are calling on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to help them in their efforts to stop Javier’s deportation.


“Javier is a person of strong faith, a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Aurora, active with the Archdiocesan ministry of Centro San Juan Diego in Denver, and a 2005 graduate of Manual High School in Denver.  He is a responsible and compassionate young man who is a valuable asset to our community,” said Rev. Nelson Bock of Together Colorado. “Our faith calls us to treat immigrants fairly and we urge ICE to grant prosecutorial discretion, close Javier’s case and allow him to remain with his family and community in Colorado.”


Faith leaders and people of faith from Together Colorado are making their voices heard in their efforts to stop the deportation of Javier. On Thursday, March 6, 2014, a letter signed by his pastor and 23 other faith leaders called on Chief Counsel Corina E. Almeida of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Centennial to grant Javier prosecutorial discretion.  His only violations have been traffic offenses, driving without a license.  He has strong ties to Colorado and meets the criteria for prosecutorial discretion.  Hundreds of calls and letters are being directed to Ms. Almeida’s office on his behalf.  Faith leaders, family and friends will be accompanying him to his final hearing on Wednesday.


WHAT: On Tuesday, a Vigil for Human Dignity will be held by Metro Denver faith leaders and people of faith. They will gather at the Federal Courthouse to pray for Javier, to hear his story, to reflect on the call to respect human dignity that demands an end to the senseless separation of families through the massive deportation of thousands in Colorado and 2 million throughout the US in the past 6 years.


WHEN: Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 11:15 a.m.


WHERE: Federal Courthouse, 1961 Stout St., Denver


WHO: Faith leaders, people of faith, immigrants & allies in community


VISUALS: Faith leaders wearing vestments, holding signs, praying, chants


The work to prevent Javier’s deportation is part of a national campaign urging the Obama Administration to stop the mass deportation of people of color and calling on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million aspiring Americans—a pathway that would keep Javier’s family together.



PICO’s Deportation Prevention Team has successfully advocated for 11 aspiring Americans to keep them united with their families. Through targeted public actions by PICO Catalino Guerrero in New Jersey, Jaiderman Diaz de Leon in California, Omar Victoriano-German of Louisiana, Julio Tellez of Ohio, Blanca Solis of New Mexico, among others have been released from immigration detention back to their families.


“Javier is just one of thousands of law-abiding people who came to the United States to find a better life for their families and who should be given a chance to earn the right to become citizens,” said Richard Morales, the coordinator of deportation prevention for PICO National Network. “We ask people of faith from across Colorado and the nation to help us keep Javier in Colorado with his family as we continue to push Congress to create a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million aspiring Americans who are our family, friends and faith community.”




Together Colorado was founded in 1979 (as Metro Organizations for People) with the mission of empowering people to strengthen and transform their communities through community organizing. Comprised of over 60 member congregations, schools, clergy and faith leaders from Pueblo to Fort Collins, we are building a state-wide non-partisan, multi-racial, multi-faith community organization.  Learn more at


PICO National Network is the largest grassroots, faith-based organizing network in the United States. PICO works with 1,000 religious congregations in more than 200 cities and towns through its 60 local and state federations. PICO and its federations are non-partisan and do not endorse or support candidates for office. PICO urges people of faith to consult their faith traditions for guidance on specific policies and legislation. Learn more at