Urgent Action: Free Asylum Seeker at Risk of Deportation (USA: UA 112.20)

Steven Tendo is a 35-year-old pastor and asylum-seeker who fled from torture and other severe human rights violations in Uganda and requested asylum in the USA. Since December 2018 he has been detained at an immigration detention facility in Los Fresnos, Texas. He is at risk of being imminently returned to danger in Uganda while his health is deteriorating from inadequate medical care for diabetes amidst a COVID-19 outbreak in the detention facility. We demand authorities stop Pastor Steven’s deportation and release him immediately on parole while he continues to fight for the right to seek asylum.



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Deborah Achim, Deputy Field Office Director
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security
1777 NE Loop 410 Floor 15 San Antonio, TX, 78217
Email: [email protected] [email protected]
Phone: +1 (210) 283-4723 OR +1 (210) 283-4750
Twitter: @ICEgov

Dear Deputy FOD Achim,

“Pastor” Steven Tendo (A# 201 520 012) is an asylum-seeker at the Port Isabel Service Processing Center facing deportation to Uganda, where he will likely be killed by security agencies if returned.

The U.S. is under an obligation not to return individuals to a situation in which they would be at risk of torture or other serious human rights abuses. Steven must be allowed to remain in the country while he pursues the right to seek asylum.

His deteriorating health further warrants his release. Inadequate care in detention for his diabetes has resulted in loss of vision and numbness and tingling in his extremities. He faces life-threatening complications should he contract COVID-19; as of June 18th, 52 detainees at Port Isabel tested positive.

I urge you to immediately halt the deportation of Steven and grant him humanitarian parole. Please act quickly to save his life.