Manuel Riveron Pina is one of approximately 30 Cuban men who have been held in administrative detention at Northwest Detention Center since June 2017. Though they did not come together, they each crossed different parts of the Mexico-Texas border to claim asylum and were transferred to Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, WA. Although the Department of Homeland Security has the option of releasing Manuel and each of the other asylum seekers on parole, they have elected not to, with no explanation. Instead they have been held without information about when or how they will be released.
Manuel Riveron went on hunger strike on August 27, 2017 to achieve parole, or just to get ICE to respond and tell him what would happen. He did not want to stay in detention indefinitely. Mr. Riveron told us, “They are playing with our lives and I won’t let them, I’d rather die than spend another day in here." Manuel suffered retaliation - he was sent to solitary confinement, and was threatened with force feeding. However, he stood his ground and his strike worked: on September 8, 2017 Manuel Riveron was informed that he could be released on a $7500 bond. Now it is time to get Manuel out of there: together we can raise 20% of the bond (plus fees), enough to get him released.
Please help Manuel to be free, by donating to this fund.
Please sign this petitioncalling for the release of all the Cuban asylum seekers that remain hostage in the Northwest Detention Center. They qualify for release, they can be paroled, but ICE is refusing to do so, without explanation. Free the Cuban asylums seekers, and all those detained at the Northwest Detention Center.