Posts tagged Deportation

Please Stop the Deportation of Father of Five

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.

So what’s up with all this talk about President Obama stopping deportations? Isn’t it Congress that needs to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform?



Detainees and Families on Hunger Strike for an End to Deportation: Let Our Family Members Go! | #Not1More Deportation

When ICE won’t release our loved ones, separating our families for a year or more and threatening deportations, when politicians won’t support us, we have to act. Our hunger strike makes public the heartache we endure in private every single day. 

February 17 to March 3, we will be fasting in front of ICE to call for the release of our loved ones and the end to all deportations. Our family members on the inside will be fasting, too – risking their health by not eating and withstanding punishment they will receive from guards for participating in the hunger strike.

We are calling for the release of

  • Jaime Arturo Valdez Reyes (A# 201-288-309)
  • Arturo Castaneda Martinez (A# 205-942-830)
  • J Cruz Lopez (A# 205-920-821)
  • Elder Gomez-Lopez (A# 087-455-416)
  • Margarita Rojas Ramirez (A# 205-936-572)
  • Rosy Rojas Gallego (A# 205-930-728)
…and an end deportations.

As long as we keep our suffering to our kitchen tables and half-empty beds, ICE will continue tearing our families apart. We hope our hunger strike will help people to understand what we are fighting for, and move politicians and ICE to action. Not one more deportation!

Join United We Dream's State Of The DREAM Twitter Day of Action!

During the 2014 State of the Union, President Obama spoke a mere 250 words about immigration reform and 0 words about stopping deportations.

That’s why here at United We Dream, we are preparing to hold our own “State of the DREAM” address on February 3rd in Washington, D.C. where we will layout our vision for 2014 and show Congress that we will continue fighting for immigration reform with permanent protections for our families as well as pressuring Obama to stop the 1,100 deportations happening everyday under his administration.

You can be part of the State of the DREAM by signing up here to help us drive 1,100 tweets to Speaker Boehner on the same day.

Sign the petition to keep Ardani's family together this holiday season

Loving parents, like Ardani Rosales, a loving father of 2 beautiful children, could spend Christmas away from his family. He is scheduled to be deported tomorrow.

Ardani Rosales Lemus has been detained since December 2012 in Eloy Detention Center, and is now in Florence Service Processing Center. He was pulled over for a minor traffic violation, and was placed in deportation proceedings. He has spent almost a year away from his family. During that year, he missed his own wedding and the birth of his daughter.

Please take a minute to not only celebrate my family’s victory, but also to join in keeping Ardani home for Christmas.

One year ago, J Cruz Lopez (A#205-920-821) was driving his wife and four kids to a Christmas party at a neighbor’s house when Phoenix police turned on their sirens. The police had no basis for the stop.  They accused Cruz of drunk driving, although he had not been drinking and no breathalizer test was ever done. Racial profiling is a reality in the Phoenix police department, and should never be the reason for deportation.

Cruz has no prior interactions with the police and no prior deportations. Since his arrest, Cruz’s eldest daughter, Yaritza, 20, has been working two jobs, over 80 hours a week, to raise enough money to prevent her family from losing their house. Lizeth, 15, continues to study, carrying her dad’s dream of becoming an engineer. These are smart, strong young women, but they shouldn’t have to endure this injustice.

Support Yaritza and Lizeth as they tell ICE to stop collaborating with racial profiling. Free J Cruz Lopez!

I just joined thousands of people in supporting Hareth and her dad, Mario, who is currently in deportation proceedings. Mario was pulled over and charged with driving without a license, and although the charges were eventually dropped, he was still transferred over to ICE. Now he’s fighting with his family to be able to stay with them and the community he loves.

At the AFL-CIO national convention, she had planned to ask President Obama to stop her dad’s deportation. She didn’t get that opportunity but, instead, she got a standing ovation. Now we need to sign the petition to continue standing with her family.

Sign Hareth’s dad’s petition

(via Thanks for Your Support, Please Help Us Spread the Word!)

[In] September 2012, Jesus Navarro Parra was driving home after a long day at work when he was stopped by a police officer because his music was too loud. He was arrested for driving without a license; even though that is the only way he is able to get to and from work. Jesus is currently being held at Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia. Despite being a low-priority case, he is scheduled to be deported any day now.

Jesus came to the United States when he was 17 years old. During this time, he has proven to be a hard-working person who only wishes to contribute to this country and his community in Albany, Georgia. Jesus has a one year old U.S. citizen daughter who is suffering emotionally and misses her dad. If Jesus is deported, he will be separated from his family, friends, and a community who supports him.

According to the memo issued by John Morton, Jesus is a low priority case and should be granted favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. Jesus has no criminal record and is an outstanding member of her community. Jesus’ only wish is to continue to give back to the country that has given so much to him and his family.
Moreno has been the victim of several travesties at the hands of government. While his girlfriend was the one who was actually asasulted and thus bears the vast majority of the resulting trauma herself, the secondary trauma of watching another person, especially one who you deeply care about, be sexually assaulted is also very real and not to be dismissed. While the impact that the assault undoubtedly had on Moreno is not the reason that the assault was wrong, it is one of the outcomes of it. After Moreno’s girlfriend faced the trauma of being sexually assaulted and Moreno faced the trauma of watching it happen, both then were subjected to false arrest by the assailant. And now, Moreno must undergo further victimization at the hands of a government that sees fit to deport him (and his girlfriend faces the secondary victimization of watching it happen while she deals with her own trauma from the assault).

This case is about how we treat sexual assault because Moreno’s girlfriend never should have been assaulted, and Moreno never should have had to call for help at all. As has been admitted, Marcus Jackson should have never been admitted to the police force, due to a history of giving women reason to fear him. It’s about how we treat sexual assault because most who are victims of sexual assault are too afraid to report it. It’s about how we treat sexual assault because fear of police and the (repeatedly proven to be!) reasonable belief that police officers will usually stand by each other before standing by justice means that police officers feel free to both commit sexual assault with impunity and use their state power as a means to hiding their crimes. It’s about how we treat sexual assault because apparently not even 911 operators can be expected to give a shit when such an assault is reported.

Task Force on Immigration Policy “a Sham” Say Activists
(by TheRealNews)