Since President Obama took office, his Administration has deported a record number of immigrants--nearly two million in five years. These are some of the stories of families fighting to stay together.


Ardani Rosales Lemus

Phoenix, AZ

STATUS:
Deported

Ardani Rosales Lemus (A#098-918-011) had been detained since December 2012. He spent almost a year away from his family, a year in which he missed two important events in his life: his own wedding and the birth of his second child, a beautiful daughter which he hasn’t been able to hold in his arms. Ardani escaped Guatemala -- where his life was at risk -- and fled to the U.S. for a chance at a better future. But even after calls and petitions from advocates, Ardani spent the holidays in a jail cell and was deported by the Obama administration.

Hector Ruiz

New Orleans, LA

STATUS:
Temporary Stay Granted

Hector was racially profiled by immigration officials, while driving to a weekly Bible study group in a neighbor's home with his family and friends. He was arrested by ICE in front of his family in the yard where the Bible study takes place. Hector is the father of two young United States citizens and the sole provider for his family, but immigration officials in the Obama administration planned to deport him on Friday, Nov. 29 -- the day after Thanksgiving. However, thanks the phone calls from thousands of advocates, Hector was released under order of supervision.

Juana Luz Tobar Ortega

Los Angeles, CA

STATUS:
Temporary Stay Granted

Juana is a mother of four wonderful children and a grandmother of two beautiful girls. Her husband Carlos, a US citizen, calls her the "glue of their family," and his soulmate. Juana has called the US her home for nearly two decades, yet immigration officials threatened to tear this family apart by deporting her. Had the administration gone through with Juana's deportation, it would have been devastating to her both her family and community. Not only is Juana the primary caregiver of her children -- two of them U.S. citizens -- but since 1994 she's steadily worked to help her community by paying her taxes, working as an usher in her church, and even providing financial contributions to local missionaries. Right now Juana would likely qualify for the pathway to citizenship in the Senate immigration bill. Thanks to your phone calls and faxes, Juana was given another 4 months to appeal her case.

Brigido Acosta-Luis

Chicago, IL

STATUS:
Deported

In the years that Brigido has been in the US, he has devoted himself to being a loving dad, and runs an insurance business together with Maria. But despite all this, immigration officials in the Obama administration deported Brigido and seperated him from his wife Maria and their two children, both US citizens. Brigido would have qualified for the path to citizenship the Senate passed months ago. But with the House stalling on reform, the Obama administration punished Brigido for Congress' inaction.

Raul Leon-Mejia

Mesa, AZ

STATUS:
VICTORY

Raul is a single father of a 9-year-old U.S. citizen. He -- like all parents -- wants nothing more than to watch Raul Jr. grow and go to school. But Raul's small yet loving family was nearly torn apart when he was detained doing what people do every day -- on a bus headed to work. Even though he has no criminal record and has been a valued member of the Mesa community in Arizona for over 15 years, Raul was dangerously close to getting deported by the Obama administration. But thanks to phone calls and faxes from thousands of advocates like you, Raul was granted a one-year stay and allowed to return home to reunite with his son.

Blanca Solis

Las Cruces, NM

STATUS:
VICTORY

A single traffic violation threatened to leave Blanca's children -- both U.S. citizens -- without a mother. Her case is like too many we’ve heard before. After being pulled over for a simple traffic violation, Blanca showed the deputy her New Mexico driver’s license and proof of insurance. Still, this single mom of two was handcuffed by police and taken to jail. Thousands of advocates petitioned ICE to exercise prosecutorial discretion and allow Blanca to be released. In late August, thanks to your actions, she was able to return to her children and New Mexico community where she belongs.

Pedro Ramirez-Hernandez

Elyria, OH

STATUS:
VICTORY

Pedro came to the United States from Mexico over 10 years ago in search of a job, and built his life with Seleste and their four children in Elyria, Ohio. The couple’s oldest son, 24-year-old Juan, has cerebral palsy and is entirely dependent upon Pedro to take care of all of his basic needs. But even though Pedro met so many of DHS’s own criteria for stopping a deportation, the local ICE office was intent on deporting him and separating Juan from his caretaker. That's where you stepped in, and with your help and thousands of others, we flooded ICE with calls and emails and stopped Pedro’s deportation.