Please allow our family to remain together in the United States.
  • Petitioning Honorable Immigration Judge

This petition will be delivered to:

Arlington Immigration Court
Honorable Immigration Judge

Please allow our family to remain together in the United States.

    1. Dianne Penate
    2. Petition by

      Dianne Penate

      Gainesville, VA

Dear Honorable Immigration Judge:

Our family is going through one of the most difficult situations I believe we will ever face. My husband, a Guatemalan national, is facing deportation. We are seeking non-lawful permanent resident cancellation of removal. My husband has been here for more than 16 years; we have a 12-year old son. Our son is an excellent student and plays travel and middle school soccer.  I have a great job and my husband owns and runs a successful small business, with opportunity to grow the business should he be granted permanent residency.   

We tried to adjust my husband’s status in early 2002, but by then, any avenue to permanent residency for him was closed. We were married in December of 2001 but paperwork to sponsor him for residency had to have been underway by April of 2001 for him to be granted a status adjustment.

It is too dangerous in Guatemala for me and my son to relocate there, but we will be lost without Jorge, my husband and my son’s father, if he is deported. The United States is all I and my son have ever known. Our family has always paid taxes, contributed positively to our community in many ways and we have built a wonderful life together. Please allow our family to stay together in the United States.

Sincerely,

Dianne Penate

To:
Honorable Immigration Judge, Arlington Immigration Court
Please allow our family to remain together in the United States.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. The Hearing Was Today; This is What Happened.

      Dianne Penate
      Petition Organizer

      It’s not what we wanted, but the deportation proceedings were dropped by the government today. The government filed a motion to terminate the case. The judge made it clear that he felt we needed to take the deal the government offered, which would take Jorge out of deportation proceedings, but not offer him residency…he would continue to live under the radar like he did before the arrest in 2011. They pushed hard and the government attorney also told us that if we didn’t take her deal that even if the judge sided with us, that she would appeal, so we would be in limbo for years. So we took the deal. An article about children facing deportation, which featured our family's case, ran in today's Washington Post and here is the link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/deportations-of-parents-can-cast-the-lives-of-us-citizen-kids-into-turmoil/2013/12/29/abdf23aa-6b4c-11e3-b405-7e360f7e9fd2_story.html

      Thank you to all who supported us!

    2. The Hearing Was Today. This is What Happened.

      Dianne Penate
      Petition Organizer

      It’s not what we wanted, but the deportation proceedings were dropped by the government today. The government filed a motion to terminate the case. The judge made it clear that he felt we needed to take the deal the government offered, which would take Jorge out of deportation proceedings, but not offer him residency…he would continue to live under the radar like he did before the arrest in 2011. They pushed hard and the government attorney also told us that if we didn’t take her deal that even if the judge sided with us, that she would appeal, so we would be in limbo for years. So we took the deal. An article about children facing deportation, which featured our family's case, ran in today's Washington Post and here is the link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/deportations-of-parents-can-cast-the-lives-of-us-citizen-kids-into-turmoil/2013/12/29/abdf23aa-6b4c-11e3-b405-7e360f7e9fd2_story.html Thank you to all who supported us!

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Bridget Burling WINTER HAVEN, FL
      • 4 months ago

      Because families shouldn't be tore apart !!!!!

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    • Jessica Ordenana-Papa RIDGEWOOD, NY
      • 5 months ago

      My mother was deported when I was only 15 yrs young, my sister 25 my brother 8 yrs old. I can relate with your hardship, struggle and emotions! I have reached out to Michael Alison Chandler after reading the washington post article. I hope we can connect, I would love to help in any way possible. Your family are in my thoughts & prayers, god bless & keep your head up Jason! jesscares@live.com www.about.me/jpapa

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    • William Arrocha MONTEREY, CA
      • 6 months ago

      Enough of braking families and dreams!

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    • Marcus Smallwood BELTSVILLE, MD
      • 9 months ago

      It is important that my country exhibit respect for god, family, and the basic human rights of these minor aged citizens and their needs. God knows no man made borders.

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    • Barbara Cauthorn STAUNTON, VA
      • 9 months ago

      This family deserves leniency

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