Milo Fryling's Letter

To whom it may concern:

I am writing in support of the immediate setting of reasonably low bond
for Pedro Perez Guzman, so that he may rejoin his family at the soonest
possible time.  His sudden removal from his family and transfer hundreds
of miles away, has caused great hardship, for his wife and 3 year old son,
and the whole community around them.

He has already been treated worse than a common criminal: Held without
bail or trial for longer than many jail sentences.  Transferred across two
state lines so as to be out of regular visiting range of his immediate
family.  Forbidden face-to-face or touching contact when family made the
journey to visit.  Mistreated while incarcerated.

Most importantly, the trauma to his 3-year-old son, of having his father
taken away right in front of him, for incomprehensible reasons, inflicts
an unreasonable penalty on the next generation.

Pedro is a loving father who fills many essential roles in his family.
They have been married 5 years, and are planning to have a second child
soon.  His mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law just moved this summer to
Chapel Hill from Michigan to be near them.  His wife and son are both born
in the United States.  This last fact alone, in the views of our
community, is sufficient reason to allow him to become a citizen.

I ask that he be released on bond IMMEDIATELY, so that we can all,
especially his son, continue with our lives, as he continues the process
of becoming a citizen.

Milo Fryling


Pedro was detained at Stewart Detention Center for 19 months.

NACARA is the type of relief Pedro was granted. Click here to find out what it is.