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.
Immediate Action Needed
Ricardo is the father of three US citizens and has lived in Ohio for almost two decades. He's worked in local nurseries for 16 years and recently took on a second job in a restaurant to support his family. But when police pulled Ricardo over for driving without a license, they sent this hardworking dad to ICE officials and told him he had to leave his family and his adopted country by January 1st. He received a two-week stay of deportation that allowed him to stay in the US long enough for him to be at his oldest daughter’s 12th birthday. At the last minute, however, ICE announced they'd be taking another look at his case. Now Ricardo's future is up in the air as ICE officials in the Obama Administration decide his fate. We need your help keeping Ricardo with his family where he belongs -- sign his petition now!
Can you imagine being torn from your home and family after just trying to pay a ticket? It could have happened to Marinela if we hadn't stepped in to help. She was just trying to do the right thing by paying her fee, but instead she was arrested and detained by immigration officials. Marinela shouldn't have been a priority for deportation. She has three U.S. citizen children, has lived in Ohio for over ten years, and doesn't even have a criminal record. She's exactly the kind of immigrant we should be welcoming with open arms, not expelling! Marinela could have qualified for the deportation relief President Obama has been considering, but is now delaying because of political games. If Marinela had been deported, she would've been forced to uproot her children from their own country! Her entire family was hanging in the balance, so we put out a call for help from you. You flooded ICE with thousands of messages telling them Marinela and her family deserve to stay, and thanks to this pressure from you, she's won a one-year stay of deportation. Marinela and her children are so happy to be home!
Pedro is a loving father of four U.S. citizen children, and his wife Seleste is a US citizen. Last year, thousands of people like you took action to keep Pedro with his family — but then ICE tried yet again to deport him, even though Pedro is a law-abiding family man and the primary caretaker of his eldest son who has severe cerebral palsy. Pedro's renewal should have been a no-brainer, yet the ICE Detroit Field Office denied his request, and without action from the Obama Administration, he would have been deported at any moment. Pedro's daughter was planning on joining the Marines next year, but she couldn't leave her family in disarray. And in the face of a denial from ICE, they felt hopeless. Pedro, Seleste, and their family desperately needed our help to stay together, and after thousands upon thousands of additional messages to ICE offices, you pulled through for them yet again. Now Pedro has won a one-year stay of deportation from ICE and is home with his family where he belongs!
Luis Nicasio Padilla
Despite the fact that Luis is in the process of obtaining his green card, ICE was set to deport him and rip him away from his three U.S. citizen children! Luis was just trying to do the right thing by renewing his driver's license, but instead he was arrested coming home from church in front of his wife like a criminal. Luis has U.S. citizen children, pays his taxes, and has strong ties to his community after living in the U.S. for a decade. He's exactly the kind of immigrant who should be considered low-priority for deportation. But still ICE inexplicably denied his application for a stay of removal. Luis' family would have been devastated if ICE had gone through with his deportation. Luis' wife works hard peeling and chopping onions in a factory to help ends meet, and their children are in a popular dance troupe that travels all over Ohio. These are exactly the kind of people we should be welcoming, not expelling! Advocates like you sent thousands of messages telling ICE they'd gone too far, and Luis won a one year stay of removal. Now he's back home with his family!
Jaime Rubio Sulficio
Even though Jaime is married to a U.S. citizen, has a U.S. citizen baby, and has lived in this country for eight years, he was facing deportation within a matter of weeks. Jaime is a great father and wonderful husband. His wife Keiko suffers from a seizure disorder, and Jaime provides her with the support and care she needs. They just bought their own home and always had dreams of raising their son there. But if Jaime had been deported, his family will have been devastated. Jamie is a good member of his community. He owns his own business, and he's licensed and pays all his taxes. Last year he even volunteered for a group to help connect people with healthcare and food. So why would ICE try to deport him? Thousands of advocates flooded ICE with messages telling them to stop Jaime's deportation, winning him a one year stay of deportation. Now Jaime is home with his family where he belongs.
Maria Esmeralda Cornejo
Esmeralda is the loving mom of three U.S. citizens and has lived here for 14 years, yet immigration officials wanted to rip her family away from their home! If ICE had gone through with Esmeralda's deportation, her whole family would have been devastated. Esmeralda's two oldest girls have received numerous academic awards, but they would've been forced to leave their school and home. Esmeralda has no other family in the U.S., and she was terrified of taking her children back to her native Michoacan, where violent drug cartels are a part of daily life. Esmeralda and her children needed your help staying in the U.S. where they belong, and you responded to ICE with hundreds of messages! Thanks to you Esmeralda won a stay of deportation, but sadly it's only for six months so she'll have to fight this all over again to get it renewed next year. What Esmeralda needs is a permanent solution from the Obama Administration!
Alfredo Ramos Gallegos
Alfredo is a loving dad of two American citizens and has been a model member of his community for nearly 25 years.Yet earlier this year when police stopped Alfredo on his way to the mall, they called Border Patrol. Even though Alfredo was just a passenger in the car, he was handcuffed and arrested in front of his young daughter. Alfredo was held in a detention cell and Grand Jury indicted him for "illegal re-entry," a federal felony that could have barred him from obtaining legal status in the future and permanently ripped him away from his children. Alfredo's only crime was reuniting with his family. But his nightmare finally ended when U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton, acting "in the interests of justice," decided to dismiss Alfredo's charge. Now Alfredo is back home with his children where he belongs.
Ardani Rosales Lemus
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.
New Orleans, LA
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
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.
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 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.
Las Cruces, NM
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 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.
Iowa City , IA
Though a dad of four U.S. citizens and a beloved faith leader in his community, the government considered Pastor Max Villatoro a priority for removal due to convictions from 20 years prior. Pastor Max was in no way a threat to national security and fit within the government’s new discretion guidelines, and his legal counsel and hundreds of his Iowa City neighbors attested to it. Additionally, over 40,000 signed their names in support of Pastor Max following a national campaign. Sadly, despite the widespread support in his favor, ICE deported Pastor Max to Honduras.