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ICYMI: Bishop of Toledo Condemns Lara Deportation, While Rep. Bob Gibbs Callously Applauds 

Cleveland, OH – The Sandusky Register reports today that Bishop Daniel Thomas of the Catholic Diocese of Toledo criticized the deportation of Jesus Lara Lopez, a Willard father, taxpayer, and homeowner who was forced to leave his family yesterday.  As the Register and many other news outlets have made clear, Jesus was deported despite having lived in the United States for nearly two … Continue reading »

Five Truths Evident After Heartbreaking Deportation of Jesus Lara

Jesus Lara Lopez, an Ohio taxpayer and father of four U.S. citizen children, was deported yesterday to Mexico following a tearful goodbye with his family. Unfortunately, Jesus’ case is not an isolated one.  The heartbreak that he and his family feel today is the same heartbreak that so many other American families have been dealing with … Continue reading »

ICYMI: New TRAC Report Finds Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Courts “Largely Abolished” Under Trump

A new report from Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) finds that, under Trump, prosecutorial discretion in the immigration courts “has largely been abolished.” In the last years of the Obama Presidency, prosecutors were empowered to prioritize their caseload by public safety threat and national security risk, closing cases of individuals who posed no threat and had … Continue reading »

Rep. Bob Gibbs, Senator Rob Portman, DHS Secretary John Kelly, and Detroit ICE Field Office Director Rebecca Adducci Failed the Lara Children of Willard, Ohio

Cleveland, OH – Jesus Lara Lopez, an Ohio taxpayer, homeowner, and father of four U.S. citizen children, was deported today.  He purchased his own plane ticket, put on a suit, and said tearful goodbyes to his family.  He does not know when he will see any of them again.  His three oldest children, Eric, Edwin, and Anuar, were inconsolable.  … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry Responds to Deportation of Jesus Lara

Willard, OH – Jesus Lara Lopez, an Ohio taxpayer and father of four U.S. citizen children, was deported this morning following a tearful goodbye with his family.  Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, responded with the following statement. It’s a sad, sad day when the most powerful nation on earth deploys its colossal power to crush … Continue reading »

David Leopold On Jesus Lara Case: ICE Should Not Deport Him Without Fully Responding to Stay Request

Willard, OH – The following is a statement from David Leopold, former AILA president and attorney for Jesus Lara Lopez, ahead of Mr. Lara’s scheduled deportation tomorrow morning: Mr. Jesus Lara has not received a response from the government regarding his latest request for a stay of deportation. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should not … Continue reading »

With Less Than One Day Until His Scheduled Deportation, Jesus Lara, his Family, Legal Team, & Neighbors Work and Pray for Reprieve

A recording of today’s event is available here Willard, OH – Ahead of Jesus Lara Lopez’ scheduled deportation tomorrow, his sons and legal team joined community and faith leaders to provide an update on his case and share a letter from local faith leaders supporting an end to this deportation nightmare. The solution is clear: the government can renew Jesus’ … Continue reading »

Some Trump Voters Question Pending Deportation of Jesus Lara

“Wasn’t [Trump] supposed to deport the people who aren’t so great? The drug dealers, rapists murders all them? Then he turns it around and takes good families like this.” — Jennifer Fidler, Willard Resident Willard, OH – Absent a change at the federal level Jesus Lara Lopez, an Ohio taxpayer and father of four U.S. citizen children, will … Continue reading »

ICYMI: “Rep. Gibbs in Spotlight on Jesus Lara Deportation Case”

Local & National Media Outline Solution At Hand; Question is, Will Gibbs, Portman, and DHS Government Act On It? Willard, OH – Jesus Lara Lopez, an Ohio taxpayer and father of four U.S. citizen children, is set to be deported on Tuesday.  Lara’s children have been leading a campaign to ask their congressman, Rep. Bob Gibbs, to do … Continue reading »