Vernon Rodney is a loving father of 5 children, four of whom are U.S. citizens. He is a small business owner and he is engaged to his partner of nine years, Michelle Campbell, a permanent U.S. resident.
Seven months ago, Vernon’s life spiraled downward when his car broke down on the side of the freeway and law enforcement approached him. Instead of offering help, they asked him for an ID. When he showed them his country’s ID, they took his fingerprints. Vernon’s record showed there was a warrant for his arrest for a 2003 probation violation that he was not able to comply with because he had been deported by ICE, and he was arrested on the spot. The probation was for a old marijuana possession conviction that took place 10 years ago, and led to his first deportation.
The judge who sentenced him for violating probation admitted that it seemed like he’d been trapped by the immigration and criminal law systems. Vernon served his time and is was released for good behavior on March 13th, 2014. However, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has taken into custody and placed him in deportation proceedings.
Vernon’s family is emotionally devastated with Vernon’s absence and with the looming threat of his deportation. His fiancé, Michelle, who suffered a heart attack a few weeks before Vernon’s arrest, was forced to go back to work full time and on weekends in order to provide for her family without Vernon. She is still on medication for high-blood pressure; her stress has worsened with the uncertainty of keeping her fiance with her and their family.
Please sign this petition to ask that the LA Field Office stop Vernon’s deportation.