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."