Jesus Lara children Bob Gibbs

Willard, OH – “What if they were white children?”, the editor of Sandusky Register, Matt Westerhold, asks this morning. If the Lara children – Eric (age 14), Edwin (age 11), Anuar (age 9), and Elsiy (age 6) – were white, would they be expected to live without their father? That is the reality these four American citizens will face in less than one… Continue »

Jesus Lara children Bob Gibbs

Clock Ticking for Gibbs and Lara Family, With Deportation Scheduled For July 18 Willard, OH – If you’ve been following the story of Ohioan Jesus Lara, you know that, at its core, it is a tragedy in which a father of four U.S. citizen children faces deportation in less than a week.  But it is also a… Continue »

Jesus Lara children Bob Gibbs

Family Scheduled to Be Ripped Apart in One Week Willard, OH – The looming deportation of an Ohio father of four, Jesus Lara, received major attention in leading Ohio newspapers this weekend.  The Norwalk Reflector published two front-page articles about the case on Saturday, while theSandusky Register also featured the case.  The Cleveland Plain Dealer featured the Lara family story on their Sundayfront page, above… Continue »

Kelly claims he can’t use discretion in cases like that of Jesus Lara Lopez in Ohio, but the exercise of discretion in such cases has been a longstanding DHS practice DHS Secretary John Kelly is either confused or lying about his authority to use prosecutorial discretion in individual deportation cases. Last Friday, a ProPublica article revealed a… Continue »

Jesus Lara children Bob Gibbs

In less than two weeks, on July 18, Jesus Lara of Willard, Ohio, a loving father and provider for four U.S. citizen children, is set to be deported – despite having no criminal record and contributing to his community in multiple ways.  His story was first featured in the New York Times last month. Jesus’ children have been actively involved… Continue »

A new ProPublica article reveals a previously unreported February 2017 memo from ICE that fully articulates the Trump Administration’s strategy to go after any and all undocumented immigrants: In a February memo, Matthew Albence, a career official who heads the Enforcement and Removal Operations division of ICE, informed his 5,700 deportation officers that, ‘effective immediately, ERO officers will… Continue »

Jesus Lara children Bob Gibbs

We recently introduced you to Eric, Elsiy, and Anuar Lara from Willard, Ohio.  Their father, Jesus, is battling a July 18th deportation. Now meet Edwin, known as the quirkiest of the four siblings.  Jesus just laughs and shakes his head when he catches Edwin daydreaming, or when Edwin asks one of his off-the-wall questions. Talking… Continue »

Jesus Lara children Bob Gibbs

By now you know Eric and Elsiy Lara, two children from Willard, Ohio whose father is scheduled for deportation July 18th. Jesus Lara is the father of four US citizen children, and he spends most of the day with them, working at night.  His story was recently highlighted in a New York Times article about… Continue »

Jesus Lara children Bob Gibbs

Recently we introduced you to Eric Lara, the 14 year-old Ohio teen who launched a petition to try to save his father Jesus from deportation.  Over 33,000 people have taken action to keep this family together, and if you haven’t already, you should too. The Lara family has been fighting an uncaring bureaucracy, trying to… Continue »

The following is a statement from John Sandweg, former Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and former Acting General Counsel of the Department of Homeland Security, regarding the pending deportation of Jesus Lara Lopez: Cases like this are an incredible waste of ICE resources that only make it harder for the agency to identify and… Continue »