Urgent: Stop the deportation of Anibal Mazariegos, father of 5 US citizen kids [A# 070-569-023]
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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
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Urgent: Stop the deportation of Anibal Mazariegos, father of 5 US citizen kids [A# 070-569-023]

    1. Manuel Guerra Casas
    2. Petition by

      Manuel Guerra Casas

      Port Saint Lucie, FL

November 2011


In 1993, Anibal Mazariegos, then 17 years old, had arrived to an immigration hearing where he was pleading for asylum from war-torn Guatemala. He got there just a few minutes late. The judge issued a deportation order “in absentia” even though Anibal was there.

Anibal was placed in detention this year, and it looked like the devastating end to a frustrating story about a court mixup. Anibal faced deportation in two days, and his five U.S. citizen children faced an uncertain future without the sole breadwinner in the family.

When Manuel Guerra Casas, a 26-year-old immigrant rights activist heard Anibal’s story, it struck a nerve. Casas also lives in Florida, and friends successfully fought his own deportation with a campaign on Change.org. Even though there was so little time to keep the Mazariegos family together, Casas decided to start a petition. Thanks to more than 600 people who joined the campaign to stop Anibal’s deportation, the father is now home with his family.


We may have only 24 hours to stop the deportation of Anibal Mazariegos, [ A# 070-569-023]. Anibal is the father and breadwinner for 5 US citizen children -- some with pressing medical conditions -- who need him to stay in the United States.

Anibal Mazariegos could be deported back to Guatemala as soon as Wednesday morning. He came to the United States more than 18 years ago, when he was only 17 years old, escaping from the war in Guatemala. Since then he has not returned to his native Guatemala. He has made America his home and is now the father of 5 US children in Florida.

Mr. Mazariegos is the biological father of four (4) U.S. citizen children: Jacqueline, Jordy, Janet, and Julieta.  His youngest daughter, Julieta, has a heart condition that requires doctor’s supervision.  In addition, Mr. Mazariegos also acts an adoptive father to another U.S. citizen child, Henry Gonzales. If Mr. Mazariegos is deported back to Guatemala this would be absolutely devastating for his family.

Anibal applied for asylum years ago, when he first arrived to United States, but he was late by a few minutes to his immigration hearing. When he arrived a few minutes after the time, they had already issued a deportation order in his absence!

Anibal is a person of good moral character who deserves a chance to present his immigration case before Immigration Court with a council. He attends church every Sunday and is very involved in his community. He is the sole economic provider for his family. 

Sign the petition to respectfully request that Mr. Anibal Mazariego's deportation be stopped, according to the new guidelines for prosecutorial discretion. Anibal should be released so that he may tend to his U.S. citizen children while he and his attorney seek avenues of immigration relief.

Then, please take a few minutes to Call.

Secretary Janet Napolitano, # (703-235-0854)

Director of ICE, John Morton # (202-732-3000)

Internal Affairs, Nicole Navas, # (786-387-8230).

Say: "I am calling to ask that Anibal Mazariego's deportation be stopped, and that he be granted discretion. His A number is 070-569-023. Thank you."

Recent signatures


    1. His father is home.

      Manuel Guerra Casas
      Petition Organizer

      See how the family is happy that their father is home.His son Jordan speaks of change.org.

    2. The family is a happy family again.

      Manuel Guerra Casas
      Petition Organizer

      This was amazing. Thank you all who made it hapen.

    3. The father has been re united with his family.Palm Beach Post.

      Manuel Guerra Casas
      Petition Organizer

      I am very thankfull for change.org in helping us to make this happen. Thank you all who sign the petition in less than 36 hrs.

    4. Reached 500 signatures
    5. Anibal Mazariegos' Children: We Need Our Father

      Gabriela Garcia
      Petition Organizer

      Watch the Mazariegos family on local NBC news.

    6. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Renee Colaj LEWISBURG, OH
      • almost 3 years ago

      My husband and I went through the immigration process and my three children and I were left without him for over a year. It was devestating and no one should have to go through that.

    • robin self GOSNELL, AR
      • almost 3 years ago

      my friends husband got deported and they have 3 boys together now she has no husband and the kids have to grow up without a dad :(

    • Tomasita Corral INDIANTOWN, FL
      • almost 3 years ago

      I have known this man for years, and he is a hard working and dedicated man whom loves his family .Immigration needs to go out and look for the bad ones and leave the good people alone .They always look f.or the easy targets they need to get off their buts aand do their job.Anibal only wants to provide for his family and do whats right

    • Elio Avila LANTANA, FL
      • almost 3 years ago

      I and my wife went through a similar situation without the help of our lawyer (Richard A. Hujber) we don’t know what we would have done, we ask that the deportation of Anibal Mazariegos, please be stopped he only came to this great country to make a better life for him and his family like my wife and so many others.

    • Sofia Corral INDIANTOWN, FL
      • almost 3 years ago

      I dont agree with him being taken away from his family...He is a very hard working man and wonderful father!! He did nothing wrong...all he wanted was the best for his family. I agree when some say we need more like him. There are too many "american citizens" that break the law enough and get away with practically everything if you ask me...... Let this man be and reunite him with his family!!!!


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