UPDATE: 11/4: From Andy's wife, Kim: "Yesterday was an emotional roller coaster that ended in a nightmare. Early in the day, I received a phone call informing me that ICE was finally going to accept Andy's application for a stay of deportation. I was so happy when I thought Andy's case would be reviewed so he could come back home to his family, where he belongs. Instead, late last night, ICE agents marched Andy to a plane that would deport him and destroy our life together. He was handcuffed, shackled, and waist-chained so it was more difficult to resist getting on the plane. Andy was polite, but he firmly refused to board the plane. Andy is not a criminal. He is a loving husband and father, a Royal Navy veteran, and a small business owner, and an inspiration to my daughter in the US Navy overseas.
We are terrified that Andy could be deported any day - but you all have the power to help us stop it. Call David Bradley, ICE Field Office Supervisor and 954-545-6031 & tell him: "Please stop the deportation of Andy Maytum, "A number" 201-236-114. His wife needs him home and he's done nothing to deserve deportation. Thank you."
Then call again. And tell friends to call and sign our petition. We need every voice we can get!! Thank you so much for your support. It could save our family.
URGENT 11/3: We are hearing that Andy may be deported TODAY! Please help stop the deportation of a retired Navy officer and loving husband by signing and sharing this petition with everyone you know.
Love conquers all. So cliche, but so true. When you have the love of your life by your side loving and supporting you, it is like you can fly. You can take on the world. You can live! When your partner isn't there, you lose a piece of yourself, a part of you becomes lost and nothing else can make you 'whole' until you are together again.
Such is the case for very dear friends of mine. Kim is a hardworking American. She was born and raised in this country, and loves everything it stands for. Except that she is being kept away from the man she loves more than life itself, her husband, Andy Maytum (A # 201-236-114), a British citizen.
Andy came over here on a visa after following the proper channels, like most visitors do. He was a law abiding member of the community, and met the love of his life, Kim here. They met at a small town bar, and as a gesture commemorating their love, she later purchased the establishment, and he assisted with the operations in it. They got the necessary licenses. They paid the appropriate taxes. They followed the rules.
And now, he is facing deportation. When the two traveled to his home country for a vacation recently, Kim was star struck, and he played the gracious host to her, and put off filling out the appropriate paperwork to extend his visa back in America. Hindsight is always 20/20. When he didn't complete in time and returned to America with Kim, he told her he needed to go home and do the paperwork, but she was overwhelmed with the idea of trying to manage the business here without him at the time, and begged him not to leave her. And he intended only to delay the necessary trip across the ocean only for a bit.
But that reality never had a chance. As we fast forward, he is being detained in Miami, away from his wife and his life. His step daughter is proudly serving in the U.S. Navy, where she was deployed to Japan for three years. He did not get to see her off because of his detainment. Andy himself proudly served overseas in Britain's Royal Navy, and the last 8 years of that service was in direct service to the Queen on the royal yacht, Britannia. He certainly understands pride, honor, and commitment to the people and places that have become a part of him.
All he needs is some time to fix some paperwork negligence on his part. He is not a criminal. He loves his wife and this wonderful country, and wants to share it all with her. Help reunite them.
He has been detained, for the most part without many details about the timeframe involved and with minimal help AVAILABLE TO HIM to resolve his status issues legally. So what the signatures I hope to collect here say is,: "Free Andy! Allow him to return to his business and his life, and allow him to contribute to this great country!"
All we want for him is the time to fix some paperwork. Help show your faith in this man and this country by allowing this quiet and productive business owner to return to the life he began building here. Help Andy come home to the friends, patrons, and loving wife that support him!