As of April 29, 2016:With our help, Angel's family has raised enough money to cover the bond for his release from the Northwest Detention Center. Angel has stage 3 kidney cancer. His family has scheduled his surgery for May 3rd, and are gratefully accepting our support to help cover his medical expenses.
Angel Padilla was held in administrative immigration detention at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, WA from Autumn 2015 until his release on April 26, 2016. In December, 2015 he was diagnosed with kidney cancer – a large and malignant tumor on his left kidney. His doctor says that he needs major surgery to have this tumor removed as soon as possible. While his lawyer, family members and community members have fought tirelessly for him, both ICE and GEO Group, the corporation that runs the detention center, denied medical treatment and appropriate food. On April 20, Mr. Padilla finally had a bond hearing where his bond was set at $15,000. On April 26, his family and over 40 other supporters paid this bond and he was free of a cage for the first time in 20 years. Mr. Padilla’s case has become symbolic of the blatant inhumanity of the US’s immigration detention and enforcement system. Despite his condition, Mr. Padilla is committed to being a part of the movement against the US's broken deportation and detention system.
Learn more about Mr. Padilla’s story here and in this article in the Seattle Stranger.
Money donated will go to Elizabeth de Padilla, Angel's wife, who is working to take care of him and arrange for his long overdue medical care.