Illegal Deportation Threatens the Life of Ugandan Pastor and Human Rights Activist

Steven is a young pastor who campaigned for human rights, assisted political prisoners, and fought for voting rights in his native Uganda.  As government corruption and  repression in Uganda grew, he was captured and tortured, and two of his fingers were cut off.  In 2018 Steven was forced to flee.  He lawfully walked across the international bridge to Brownsville, Texas and has been in detention in Port Isabel, Texas ever since.  Although he is diabetic, has never committed a crime, and has ample sponsorship, inexplicably Steven was denied asylum.  Because of the terrible conditions in detention, Steven’s health has deteriorated.  His diabetes was  not treated and now he is losing his eyesight.  He is also at high risk for Covid 19.

Steven has been told that as soon as he is deported back to Uganda, he will be seized and killed by security forces; he won’t even get out of the airport.  Even though his case is on appeal, Steven’s deportation is imminent.

Please call the following senators and representatives and tell them it is a violation of both domestic and international law to return Pastor Steven to torture and death in Uganda.

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (Chairperson, Hispanic Caucus): 202-225-3262 (Washington, DC), 210-348-8216 (San Antonio, TX)

U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (Chairperson, Congressional Black Caucus) 323-965-1422 (Los Angeles, CA), 202-225-7084 (Washington, D.C.)

U.S. Senator Corey Booker: 973-639-8700 (Newark, NJ), 202-224-3224 (Washington, D.C.)

U.S. Senator John Corwyn: 202-224-2934 (Washington, D.C.), 713-572-3777 (Houston, TX)

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz: 956-686-7339 (McAllen, Texas), 202-224-5922 (Washington, D.C.)