• Petitioned John Sandweg

This petition was delivered to:

Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
John Sandweg

Stop the deportation of an elderly grandfather!

    1. Petition by

      Asian Law Caucus

January 2014


Asian Law Caucus: Over the past several months, there has been an outpouring of community support for Mr. Viriviri.

In response, ICE agreed to close Mr. Viriviri's removal proceedings, reversing its prior denial.

For the time being, Mr. Viriviri is safe from deportation and will remain with his grandchildren.Thank you all for your support!

Samisoni Viriviri (A# 200 868 534), a grandfather and senior citizen, faces deportation to Fiji by the end of 2013. Although the Senate immigration bill would put Mr. Viriviri on a pathway to citizenship, the Department of Homeland Security has refused to exercise prosecutorial discretion and dismiss the deportation case. Mr. Viriviri came to the United States with his wife and two small children in the early 1990s fleeing a military coup in Fiji.

The Viriviri family has been ripped apart by ICE over the past decade. In 2002, his son, a DREAMer, was deported to Fiji after being pulled over on a traffic stop. In 2011, ICE officers raided the family home, detained his wife in a detention center for two months, and deported her to Fiji. A few months later, ICE officers raided the house again, posing as police officers looking for a stolen car in order to arrest Mr. Viriviri.

Mr. Viriviri lives with his daughter, a single mother of two – Aliti and Sam Jr. Mr. Viriviri picks up his grandchildren, nine and three years old, from school every day. With the rest of their family deported and their mother working long shifts as a caregiver, Mr. Viriviri has become the children's primary caretaker. He also works nights caring for the elderly and is active in his church.

ICE has designated Mr. Viriviri as a priority deportation because of two minor criminal convictions over a decade ago although he would still be eligible for a pathway to citizenship under the immigration bill. Please support the Viriviri family and help make sure Aliti and Sam Jr. won't have to grow up without their grandfather. Not 1 more deportation!



After your signature support, please also take a moment to call ICE on behalf of the Viriviri family.

ICE Acting Director - John Sandweg: (202) 733-3000

Sample Script: "My name is _________ from [city], [state], and I am calling to ask ICE to exercise prosecutorial discretion for Mr. Samisoni Viriviri A# 200 868 534. His family has been torn apart by immigration enforcement, leaving him to be the primary caretaker of two young US citizen grandchildren. They need their grandfather. Please exercise prosecutorial discretion and allow Mr. Viriviri to stay."

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 9,000 signatures
    2. Mr. Viriviri Video

      Hi all,

      We have been working on putting together a video for his family, which is posted on the petition page. Please take a look!

      Thank you everyone for your support for Mr. Viriviri and his family. They were very amazed when we updated them on the number of signatures! Your support not only tells ICE that their deportation policy is breaking hundreds of thousands of families apart, but it also gives the families of the petitions you sign a reassurance there are people out there who believe they should be together.

      We hope the video not only shows the heartbreaking story of one family, but allows everyone to experience how it feels to have a family member (or two) deported. #Not1More deportation!

      In Solidarity,

    3. Reached 8,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • andrea feig GUILFORD, CT
      • 12 months ago

      Stop separating families who are not living on Welfare. Get rid of Welfare recipients!!!!!

      Thank you.

    • Rowena Lindquist WYNNUM WEST, AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      He arrived in the early 1990s. He's worked and paid taxes. He deserves to stay.

    • Nancy Bell CHATTANOOGA, TN
      • about 1 year ago

      Porque todos los personas son importante! Let him stay with his family!

    • Lisa Cole HOPEWELL, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      It's important to me because I believe people deserve in sec chances & plus, deport him back to Fiji why cause of his minor criminal before hand? It's like punishing a little kid what that little kid did years ago.

    • Melody Dawson Jones TEANECK, NJ
      • about 1 year ago

      At this point in life ,and the grandfather has been here so long now, let him stay.


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