Don't deport Ernesto Valladares, Father of 4 U.S. Citizen Children
  • Petitioned John Morton

This petition was delivered to:

Assistant Director, ICE
John Morton
Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
Janet Napolitano
U.S. Senate
Sen. Jeff Sessions
Sen. Richard Shelby

Don't deport Ernesto Valladares, Father of 4 U.S. Citizen Children

    1. William Anderson
    2. Petition by

      William Anderson

      Birmingham, AL

January 2012


Ernesto Valladares is a backbone in his Alabama community. After being taken into ICE custody and separated from his wife and four US Citizen children, Ernesto was facing deportation: his family and community were being torn apart. William Anderson, an Alabama activist, knew how much Ernesto meant to his community and started a petition to stop his deportation. After nearly 1,000 people signed, Ernesto was granted a 1 year stay of deportation. His family and community will be by his side as he continues this fight. 

His wife Betty says: "Today God made a miracle for me! Words can't express how happy and thankful I am. I want to thank each of you for all your support and prayers. I had talked to Ernesto today and when I saw the number I knew it was him so I answered he sounded so sad. The first thing he said was 'they are asking me to sign the voluntary departure and they are telling me that if I don't sign that I might be here from 6 months to a year.' I thought he was calling me because he knew he was going to be out and coming home. When I told him he was coming home tomorrow his voice changed and he started to cry tears of happiness. We can't thank you enough for all you have done for our family! God bless you and your families!". 

URGENT: Ernesto Valladares (A# 074 586 007)  has been trying for over a decade to adjust his status. He has a wife & 4 US citizen children, one is in the military and another is in ROTC (enlisting after high school). Founded and is president of the Latin American Soccer league, also Co-founder of Centro Cultural Latino (now LUDA).

He is a tax-paying businessman who volunteered to serve those in need & left homeless during the April 27th tornadoes in Birmingham & Tuscaloosa. His wonderful children love him very much. He has a large body of supportive friends and relatives who do not want to see him deported. Separating Ernesto from his family is wrong, but especially since his children are citizens and serve this country!


CALL ICE: John Morton @ 202.732.3000 or 202-732-3100

Sample Script: "Hi, I am calling to ask that the deportation of Ernesto Valladares (A# 074 586 007)  be stopped. Ernesto is a hard working, involved community member with a family who cares about him. He has a wife and four kids (one currently serving this country). He is loved throughout Alabama and I am calling to ask for his release immediately. DO NOT DEPORT HIM."

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • julio arguello CHICAGO, IL
      • almost 3 years ago

      i know ernesto, he opened his house to me and my family.He is a very kind person ,always thinking of others . He diserves to be with his family at home. Please have some consideration towards him. His friend ,JULIO ARGUELLO.

    • Dennis Hale NOTASULGA, AL
      • almost 3 years ago

      Our problem is a broken immigration system. This fine man (and his U.S. citizen family) should not be penalized for the dereliction of our congress. Please do not separate him from his family!

    • Beth Hunter GARDENDALE, AL
      • almost 3 years ago

      I have known Ernesto through soccer, as well as his kids. He is a great person. There must be a way to fix this legal situation. He has been a huge asset to the community. Good luck, Ernesto!

    • Patricia Dicas HOOVER, AL
      • almost 3 years ago

      Alabama HB56 is over-reaching, leaving unnecessary destruction o f lives and families in its wake.

    • Victor Spezzini BIRMINGHAM, AL
      • almost 3 years ago

      I have added my signature to the many who have recognized that deporting this man would be cruel and unjust. Mr. Valladares should be set free and allowed to return to his family and to the communities he has served and helped for so many years. Please do not seperate this family. Please let him return home.


      Victor Spezzini


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