Stop the deportation of Gerardo M. Suarez, loving father of an Afghan War Veteran!
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Stop the deportation of Gerardo M. Suarez, loving father of an Afghan War Veteran!

    1. Marc Suarez
    2. Petition by

      Marc Suarez

      Las Vegas, United States

Update 5/11/2014 NEW MASTER CALENDAR DATE: 

Hello supporters! The new master calendar date is 12 May 2014 @ 0830am

The location is:

US Immigration Court

3365 Pepper Lane #200

Las Vegas, NV 89120

We will be going in front of Judge Mullins.  I pray that God put mercy on the judge's heart and that he sees that my father has every reason to be here with me, and his family.  For those who can attend, please come show your support. Thanks!

MAJOR UPDATE - 4/4/2013
Hello everyone.  As of today, I have just received my father's Master Calendar date.  It is scheduled for 9 May 2013 @ 8:30am located at the

US Immigration Court

3365 Pepper Lane #200

Las Vegas, NV 89120

If anyone is willing to come out and support the case, please let me know. Thank you all for your prayers, and now the battle is just beginning.  I ask you all to continue to pray for my family, and for my father during these upcoming weeks.

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UPDATE 5/19/2012

My father's Master Calendar court date has now been pushed back to....May 2013!  So we have a year here together to work, spend time with each other, and figure out our next move.  Wow.  We are very appreciative of everyone's support.  For change.org's Immigration section, and everyone on here...the lot of you.  Basically totalling 1590 signatures.  Thank you all so much.  We will take this time to continue to save money, work hard, prepare for the worst, and at the same time prepare our move into criminal court for a Padilla Motion.  Thank you all so much, and God bless you.

-Marc

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Victory!

ALRIGHT EVERYONE! SMALL VICTORY, BUT A VICTORY INDEED! MY father was just released on his Own Recognizance. It's not over, but my father doesn't have to suffer in jail anymore. Now we are awaiting the hearing with the Immigration Judge. CONTINUE TO PRAY STEADFAST. Pray for the softening of the judge's heart. We now have a chance to actually present his case!

WOOO! PRAISE GOD! Thank you to all the petition signers, everyone who wrote their Congress, ICE, DHS, Senators, and our Governor. Your support has been paramount, and I'm proud to be an American, standing alongside all of you who helped. THANK YOU! 
God bless you all!

 

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ORIGINAL MESSAGE:

Hello Everyone,
As we all know, our country is in drastic need of Immigration Reform. Immigrants are fighting for their lives to be with their families day and night. As an American Soldier, and U.S. Citizen I have witnessed and experienced the hardship of battle, and separation from family whilst serving a tour overseas in Afghanistan. I have just returned home on January 15th 2012, with no injuries and all thanks to God.

As of March 24th 2012, just 69 days after my post-deployment transition, my father, who is a Legal Permanent Resident, was taken by ICE Agents in my living room while I was asleep.  My father has lived in the USA as a Legal Permanent Resident since 1989.  14 Years ago he was convicted of a Class D felony, and was sentenced to Probation which he was discharged Honorably (and early) because of good conduct. Since his conviction, my father has learned his lesson and completely turned his life around.
As a child, my father was distant, because of type of lifestyle he was involved in. Yet, I knew he loved me, and his children, and he always took care of me as best he could. His addiction to drugs (which at the time, I was unaware of) was starting to overpower him, and finally our home was raided. After 1998, when my father was honorably discharged, he took proactive steps to make our life better. We went from poverty, to living in a room in a relative's house, to eventually renting our own place. My dad worked painstakingly hard trying to find good work to support me, pay for college, and raise me. For years, nobody would hire him. He worked odd jobs, here and there, but nothing significant enough to really get our own place to live. Finally, in 2007 he got a big break, and was hired by Veolia Transportation, driving and serving the citizens of Las Vegas on the Citizens Area Transit Bus. He was so proud. His pay was finally good enough to start saving, and he did just that. Often times telling me: "Everything I have here is for you, son." He would sacrifice his whole day doing work that very rarely gets recognition. Day in and Day out he'd wake up at 2am, deal with the abuse of the passengers, and the inability to take breaks despite working 14 hour days. He always lived by "Hard work, is good work." He always talked to me about principles of life, teaching me to "obey and submit to authority." "Strive, work hard, make investments and save money." He was really focused on setting me in the right track.
In 2008, I enlisted in the Nevada Army National Guard, and 2 years later I was promoted to Sergeant. When I first heard word of my impending deployment, my dad was broken hearted. The look on his face, when I told him that I was leaving to Afghanistan was filled with shock, worry, disdain, and bitter sadness. My father suffered for a year without me in 2011, often times not even knowing if I would make it home, or if the phone would ring again with my voice on the other end. However, he remained so strong, and really played an instrumental role in my service. He would always encourage me, comfort me with scriptures, provide advice on leading my troops, and giving me the strength to move forward day by day waiting for the longest 365 days until I can reunite with him.
My father has been an active member of our church, Calvary Chapel Green Valley, where he would attend regular Military Ministry meetings, often times comforting family members of deployed soldiers. While I was gone, he would spend his weekends attending the church's "Downtown Outreach" where he would feed the homeless, give them bibles, support, prayer, and minister to them.
When I finally returned him this past January, my father greeted me with tears of joy. He was so happy, and proud of his son's service. He would often brag about the medals I got, my rank, and about the accomplishments during my deployment to his friends, and the cashiers at the local grocery store. It was a bit embarrassing to say the least, but that's how he showed his love and pride. I guess the picture I am trying to paint is that my father, yes he made a mistake 14 years ago, was drastically changed from that.  He is a completely different man! Gone are the days where he'd be cooped up in his room with his "friends". Gone are the days, where we would barely even talk because he was too doped up. In fact, my father is a proud patriot, parent of a soldier, a productive member of society, a servant of the public sector, a tax payer and an amazing, christian father. He has taught me so much, and honestly even now, as I face his incarceration and possible deportation proceedings, all of his training that he has instilled in me is kicking in. Without it, I would have been an unorganized mess. I owe everything to my father, and even as a soldier, my performance in duty, and decorations are a direct result of his input. My father has been instrumental in my morale, my troop's morale and most importantly my re-integration into society after experiencing war.
My whole family is full of Servicemen, U.S. Citizens, and law enforcement. To strip him away from me is both shattering to my morale, well-being, and inspiration to strive. This year, when I returned we were already planning to buy a house, and have signed our paperwork. I was planning to fulfill my lifelong dream of taking care of him. He is a 54 year old man, and he's turning 55 this year. He's a frail image of what he used to be in his younger days, and as his son, I've always wanted to care for him.  

The Arrest:

The sad morning transpired as my father responded to knocks on the door by ICE Agents.  My father, being as docile as he is opened the door.  He was under the impression that they were just "policemen."  They began asking him questions about his truck that he owned.  Worried, my father opened the door a little more and started asking if everything was alright.  One ICE agent already put his foot in the door.  Well, noticing that, my father asked them "Who are you?" To which only a badge was shown, but no positive Identification from the agents.  Nothing stating that they were ICE or anything like that.  Well, a little confused, he said "come in the living room, I will brush my teeth.  I just woke up."  My dad ran upstairs, brushed his teeth and came back down.  They began interviewing him, asking questions about his prior conviction.  Moments later, they said "We have to take you in for questioning" and without a warrant of any sort, they started to cuff him.  My dad submitted, as he felt it was the right thing to do (and it was).  As they took him out of the house, he said "My son just returned from Afghanistan.  Please let me say goodbye to him" to which they replied "No."   My dad called my name, in hopes I'd awake so he can say goodbye.  Sadly, I didn't hear him.  The ICE Officer then walked upstairs, rummaged through my dad's belongings to get his Green Card, Wallet and House Keys.  I woke up that morning thinking he was kidnapped, when I then received a call from ICE saying they had my father in custody.

 

As a veteran who fought to protect the freedoms, and defend the constitution of this great nation this situation poses questions: Was my fight in vain? Why serve a federal duty, protect freedom, if my family will get immediately separated?

I am proud of my service this great country.  I know my sacrifice will not be in vain, because of everyone here that makes this place so great!

 

I am urging anyone who sees this petition to please help me. My father is all I have. He is my motivation, my inspiration, my best friend, and most of all: MY HERO!  A great man.  He's a father of four, a grandfather, an Uncle, and a brother and a friend to many.  A 55 year old man, that just wants to love his family, and is loved very much by them.

If he is deported to the Philippines, there is no life there for him.  He doesn't have the protections of Equal Employment Opportunity in a country where age discrimination is so rampant; Therefore, he wont be able to support himself.  All of his brothers, sisters, friends, and most of his children are here.  There is nobody there to take care of him.   His life is here in America.  He has nothing there.  It is an old country that he left 24 years ago.

My father has already done his time, and he is now a contributing member of society.  He pays his taxes, he loves his family, he gives to his church, ministers to members of his community, and lives his life just.  He should be allowed to stay, because he has earned that right.  I hope my sacrifice has helped earn his right as well.

 

Thank you for your consideration, 

Sincerely, 

Sergeant Marc-Johann Suarez 

B 422nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Your words are very encouraging! Thank you!

      Marc Suarez
      Petition Organizer

      Every day when I log in here and read all your comments, it really lifts my spirit. I just want to express supreme gratitude to all of your for your help, and care. Thank you!

    2. Plea Date and Retirement of Judge Mullins

      Marc Suarez
      Petition Organizer

      Hello Everyone!
      So, we've been a bit quiet since our Master Calendar Hearing. Sorry about that. We took this summer to enjoy life, and put this problem in the back of our minds. I do want to thank you all for the continued support. I will yet again raise the Ceiling for the petition, this time to 4,000. Now, given that, we have a date for our plea hearing! That date is January 29th 2015 at 8am.

      However, we are thrown in a bit of a loop, as the Judge seeing my father's case has retired. So we are praying and hoping for more information if there are any changes. Thanks for all your support, and please keep spreading the message! God bless!
      -SGT Suarez, M

    3. Tomorrow is the big day!

      Marc Suarez
      Petition Organizer

      Reminder: we will be going in front of Judge Mullins tomorrow at 0830 PST for our initial Master Calendar hearing for my father's case. Please show your support via prayer, appearance, sharing this petition or whatever you see fit! Thank you for all your help and support. The kind words you all have left on your signatures have all been read. Thank you!

    4. Another year, another master calendar date.

      Marc Suarez
      Petition Organizer

      Hello everyone. Now we have a new date...yet AGAIN.
      The new master calendar date is 12 MAY 2014 @ 0830am

      The location is:

      US Immigration Court

      3365 Pepper Lane #200

      Las Vegas, NV 89120
      As we go through this next year, I'll keep you all posted on the status.
      Thank you!
      SGT Suarez, Marc

    5. Reached 3,000 signatures
    6. Government Shutdown

      Marc Suarez
      Petition Organizer

      Yet again our Master Calendar hearing has been put off due to the government shutdown. While it's a bit comforting know for sure that I'd be able to spend more time with my father in a totally controlled timeframe, it also again leaves us a bit anxious, as we want to fight the process and get it over with. We'll have to see what happens again, after the government gets back on track.

      Thank you all for your continued support and prayers.
      -SGT Suarez, Marc

    7. New Master Calendar date!

      Marc Suarez
      Petition Organizer

      Hello supporters! The new master calendar date is 10 OCT 2013 @ 0830am

      The location is:

      US Immigration Court

      3365 Pepper Lane #200

      Las Vegas, NV 89120

      We will be going in front of Judge Mullins. I pray that God put mercy on the judge's heart and that he sees that my father has every reason to be here with me, and his family. For those who can attend, please come show your support. Thanks!

    8. Ceiling raised

      Marc Suarez
      Petition Organizer

      I have raised the maximum amount of signatures to 3500, as we are nearing 3000. I still want to give many others an opportunity to sign. Thank you all for your support.

    9. We have a date!

      Marc Suarez
      Petition Organizer

      The next Master Calendar date is Oct 10. Not sure on the time yet, and I will get that out to you all shortly. In the meantime, continue to spread the word. Immigration reform is coming, http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/opinion-immigration-reform-biblical-obligation-94633.html
      But the immigration reform that also needs to be thought of is the full enforcement of prosecutorial discretion. Rather than trying to just get rid of ANYONE with a criminal record, we should urge our prosecutors to look at all things on a case-by-case basis. However sadly, that's not the case.

      Also the reform we need is more open and humane "detention" centers for the prisoners caught up by immigration. Or at least a classification system based on specific criteria. Immigration is always a tricky topic. One that has people passionate on both ends. I think in the end, all we need is to know how to love one another.
      God Bless
      -Marc

    10. COURT DATE MOVED.

      Marc Suarez
      Petition Organizer

      Hi everyone, it appears as though the initial Master Calendar hearing fro my father has been pushed back to a date still TBD. This is due to our attorney having some health issues. Basically the attorney filed for a continuance, and it was granted this morning. So for now, we just pray for our Attorney's health, and for a little more clarity going forward. Especially since the nature of this case has been cloudy. Anyway, thank you all again for supporting us, and when we get another date, I will update you all.
      -SGT Suarez, Marc-Johann

    11. MASTER CALENDAR HEARING

      Marc Suarez
      Petition Organizer

      Hello everyone. As of today, I have just received my father's Master Calendar date. It is scheduled for 9 May 2013 @ 8:30am located at the

      US Immigration Court

      3365 Pepper Lane #200

      Las Vegas, NV 89120

      If anyone is willing to come out and support the case, please let me know. Thank you all for your prayers, and now the battle is just beginning. I ask you all to continue to pray for my family, and for my father during these upcoming weeks. Also, please continue to spread this message so we can get some more signatures and really show the court that there are people like my father that should remain in this country.
      Thank you,
      -SGT Suarez, Marc-Johann

    12. Reached 2,500 signatures
    13. 2,272 signatures.

      Marc Suarez
      Petition Organizer

      Hello everyone. just an update - Not much word yet on the hearing, but here we are now, it's getting to the end of December, and the reality is starting to rear its head. We are basically 5 months away until initial hearing time. Please continue to spread this petition, and support the cause. Thank you! Also, just an update on my dad's health - He's been okay, just been getting sick lately. He suffered a pretty bad abscess because of the implants in his mouth, and he had to get it drained, and some bone grafting had to be done. Overall he's been doing better, and his digestive problems haven't been bothering him as much either. But we are keeping our heads up, and continuing to always pray. Thank you all,
      God bless you!

    14. Over 2,000 Signatures. You guys are awesome.

      Marc Suarez
      Petition Organizer

      Honestly, as the signatures still continue to roll in, I read EVERY comment and like it. Every single one you has left such encouraging, and beautiful words. Thank you all so much for your comments. It's very inspiring, and it's what keeps this petition online. I have decided to keep this petition up until May's hearing. I hope you all continue to spread it with your friends, all over Facebook, Twitter, and Email. Whatever Social avenue you have, share it. Don't just share mine, there are plenty of others too that deserve to be looked at, and signed. Thank you all!
      God bless you.
      SGT Suarez, Marc-Johann

    15. Reached 2,000 signatures
    16. 1,961 Signatures --Current Updates

      Marc Suarez
      Petition Organizer

      Don't think I forgot about you all. Wow, this is fantastic. Thank you everyone for your continued support, we are almost at 2,000, and I am thinking of raising the ceiling for signatures. Just as an update: The Master Calendar so far is still scheduled for May 2013. Currently, my father has been working, and we've been focusing on saving our money in preparation of the worst case scenario, i.e deportation. Also, we've shifted our focus on maintaining my father's health, that way if he is to be removed, his health would be the least of his problems. He is currently scheduled for Oral Surgery on Weds, 26 Sept to receive implants in place of his numerous missing teeth. He's been having digestive problems, due to the inability to chew, so hopefully this helps with his well-being. Your prayers and support for a speedy recovery from surgery would be much appreciated! Please continue to spread the word about our cause.

      Thank you, God bless,
      SGT Suarez, Marc-Johann

    17. Sorry for the lack of updates

      Marc Suarez
      Petition Organizer

      Was just going through reading all your wonderful comments. Thank you all so, so much for the attention and care that you have all extended to me and my father. I am so glad to be serving all of you Americans and am proud to have you all as countrymen. The support you have all given us is very humbling indeed. Thank you.

    18. Arraignment, canceled!

      Marc Suarez
      Petition Organizer

      Didn't have time earlier today, but I just wanted to let you know that Immigration Court made a mistake. Gerardo's original hearing was scheduled to be on 23 April 2012 at 0830. However, that was when he was still incarcerated. When he was released, he was told it was canceled and we'll get a new notice. Well ICE sent an old notice with the 23 April date, which confused everyone. Only to find out now, that it still is canceled. So as soon as my father arrived at the courthouse, they turned him away and everything was good. Alriiiiggght!

    19. Reached 1,500 signatures
    20. Arraignment PT 2

      Marc Suarez
      Petition Organizer

      My father just left 10 minutes ago to go to his arraignment. I pray it all goes well. I will update you all as soon as I find out what happens. God bless.

    21. Arraignment

      Marc Suarez
      Petition Organizer

      Hello Everyone. Been a while since I have updated. I just wanted to let you know we have our first arraignment tomorrow, Monday 23 April 2012 and 0830. Please pray for us, and continue your support. We need to get more signatures on this page. I am asking for you all to please continue to spread the message of our cause! True, my father has been released, but the process of deportation still continues to linger over our heads.
      #DontDeportVetsDad

    22. Military Dad Faces Deportation

      Marc Suarez
      Petition Organizer

      Got our story ran today by local Fox 5 News. :) Check it out! We should have our televised segment up by tomorrow. I will update you all.

    23. Victory!

      Marc Suarez
      Petition Organizer

      ALRIGHT EVERYONE! SMALL VICTORY, BUT A VICTORY INDEED! MY father was just released on his Own Recognizance. It's not over, but my father doesn't have to suffer in jail anymore. Now we are awaiting the hearing with the Immigration Judge. CONTINUE TO PRAY STEADFAST. Pray for the softening of the judge's heart. We now have a chance to actually present his case!

      WOOO! PRAISE GOD! Thank you to all the petition signers, everyone who wrote their Congress, ICE, DHS, Senators, and our Governor. Your support has been paramount, and I'm proud to be an American, standing alongside all of you who helped. THANK YOU!
      God bless you all!

    24. If you missed the Radio Interview

      Marc Suarez
      Petition Organizer

      You can get it at the link below! Spread the word! Thanks Everyone!

    25. Radio Interview

      Marc Suarez
      Petition Organizer

      Hello everyone,
      I just wanted to bring to your attention, for those that don't know: tonight is the radio interview regarding our case. If you live in the South Florida area, tune in to 880am @ 7pm EST, or 4pm PST. Alternatively, you can head to the link below, and click "LISTEN LIVE!" Hope you all are listening. Thank you for your support.

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    • Maria Najera EL PASO, TX
      • 16 days ago

      My family deserves to be up here too

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    • sco deezy HOUSTON, TX
      • 24 days ago

      Deporting people from a land goes against everything i have learned in my life.

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    • Marie McKim PORTLAND, OR
      • about 1 month ago

      n heritage, My mother was an immigrant.

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    • gordana & charles Dinello CLERMONT, UNITED STATES
      • about 1 month ago

      his father ISa LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENT

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    • Natasha Gubert OAKLAND, GA
      • about 1 month ago

      please do what is right for this good family.

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