Orlando Fernandez Taveras, a legal permanent resident who has resided in the country since he was 16 months old, has been held in detention for 3 years 4 months, away from his wife Lisa and daughter Isabelle. Both are critically ill with a liver condition, and Lisa lost the family home after Orlando was taken away and she became the sole provider.
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Despite a judge granting relief to Orlando, he is still being held in detention while an appeal is filed. Orlando’s family badly needs him at home. Please release him and allow him to fight his case from home.
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Orlando came to the U.S. legally, with greencard in hand with his mother & father in 1978 at the age of 16 months old. He has remained in this country since that time, some 33 years. He is married to a U.S. Citizen and they have a beautiful 4 year old daughter, Isabelle who looks just like him.
Orlando had a very rough upbringing and his father left when he was in his teens. He hung out with the wrong crowd when he was younger. Orlando's deportation was triggered because of two 2006 misdemeanors for petit theft involving a pack of batteries and a pack of razors. Since that time, Orlando met his wife, married her, had a child, purchased 2 cars, works and job necessary to pay his bills and is an extremely reliable member of society now. He has always worked, spent time with extended family & helped his grandparents. All of his family is here in the U.S.
Orlando has been in ICE (Immigration & Cutsoms Enforcement) custody since December 2009. He has been separated from his wife, daughter & family for 3 years (Isabelle was only 17 months old when he was taken.) His wife and daughter were evicted from their home, lost many household possessions & deemed homeless for a period of time due to the loss of Orlando's income. His wife, Lisa is disabled and was finally approved for disability.
Lisa & Isabelle moved from NY where all of their family is located to PA where Orlando is detained so they can be closer to him and visit every other week so that Isabelle can remember who he is and still maintain some sort of relationship. Although visits are through thick glass and on a monitored phone line, Lisa makes sure that they maintain this visiting when financially possible.
If Orlando were to be deported, Lisa & Isabelle will certainly not get the long-term medical care they both need and will either be forced to move to a country they do not know nor speak the language or remain here in the U.S. and be without Orlando. This would be devastating to all involved. In addition, the crime rate, drug activity and lack of modern day conveniences there would bot be good. In addittion, they would be sent there with no money, no possessions and no place to live as well as having to give up their 2 Boxers, Buddy & Bella and everyone would lose.
We ask that you please sign this petition to help Orlando remain in the U.S. Everyone can change and everyone deserves another chance.
After signing, please call:
The Honorable Andrew Cuomo, Governor of NY (518) 474-8390 and you may also use this link to fill out a comment online: http://www.governor.ny.gov/contact/GovernorContactForm.php
There is also information on the main page with addresses and web page links to help.
We had a victory in court today. The judge granted relief to Orlando (approval of inadmissability & adjustment of status). Despite winning our case, Orlando is still being detained. The Government attorney, Jeffrey Bubier has appealed the judge's decision. During this time, Orlando has to remain in jail which means he will spend a 3rd Thanksgiving holiday & 3rd Christmas away from his wife & daughter who have already been without him for a little over 2 years. In addition, Orlando was not permitted to be present during his daughters liver biopsy on Nov 14th & 15th while she was hospitalized & in ICU even though the doctor has provided evidence that Orlando should be present.
The judge has rendered his positive decision and found that not only has Orlando changed and become a productive member of society, hard working and family man but has also provided sufficient proof that there is significant financial and medical hardship to his wife & daughter. DESPITE these finding by an Official placed in the position to make such decisions, the Government still wants to hold him captive instead of allowing him to take care of his family. Now that they have appealed, using the same case law they used in trial and the judge already decided in our favor, he will wait yet another 3-6 months for BIA decision.
We need your help in telling the Government & Mr. Bubier that this is UNACCEPTABLE! Please sign this petition, share it and Call those in power listed here and tell them you Oppose Orlando's continued detention and any wish him to be released immediately and also you oppose any appeal the government is considering.
We want to thank everyone for their continued support. It means the world to us and we are extremely moved and overwhelmed with gratitude.-Thank you.
Update by Deborah DeSantos March 26, 2014:A critically ill five year old U.S. citizen, Isabelle is about to lose her daddy to deportation. Her disabled mother, Lisa, is also a U.S. citizen and, like her daughter, has a serious liver condition. Despite her illness, Lisa has spent the last four years doing everything in her power to bring her husband, Orlando Fernandez Taveras, back home since he was detained in December, 2009. An Immigration judge granted Orlando relief from deportation, but our federal government appealed that judge’s finding and has continued to pursue removing Orlando from his family. Lisa struggled through years as a single, disabled parent trying to bring her husband home and finally, after four years of detention, Orlando was released, but I.C.E. has continued to work to make Lisa’s and Isabelle’s joy short lived. The extended battle to save her family has decimated Lisa’s finances and negatively impacted her and Isabelle’s already fragile health and her dedication to her marriage is no match for the U.S. government. This week, Lisa learned her last hope of keeping her husband and Isabelle’s daddy here had failed. Orlando could now be deported at any time, so your help is desperately needed. Please sign this petition to have the original Immigration Judge’s finding respected, stop all deportation proceedings against Orlando, and keep this family together. More details on this campaign: Orlando came to the U.S. as a legal permanent resident with his mother & father in 1978 at the age of 16 months. He has remained in this country since that time, some 33 years. He is married to a U.S. Citizen and they have a beautiful 5 year old daughter, Isabelle who looks just like him. Orlando had a very rough upbringing; his father left when he was in his teens. For a while he hung out with the wrong crowd; his order of deportation was triggered because of two misdemeanors for petty theft of a pack of batteries and a pack of razors. Since that time, Orlando met his wife, married her, had a child, purchased 2 cars, held a job and worked to pay his bills and prove himself as a loving and supportive husband and father as well as a productive and dependable member of society. He has always worked, spent time with extended family & helped his grandparents. All of his family is here in the U.S. Lisa & Isabelle lost their home when Orlando was taken from them and placed in detention. To maintain contact they had to move from NY where all of their family is located to PA where Orlando was held. This created a great deal of hardship for Lisa, already ill and struggling now to manage as a single mom, but she believed it was important for Isabelle to visit Orlando every other week, even though she was not able to touch or hug her daddy through the thick glass, at least she knew he was still there. Over years of immigration detention the financial strain took its toll and sometimes every other week turned into once a month or longer. The longer the time between visits, the more the young mother and little girl suffered. They have suffered too much already, they should not have to weather yet another blow to their lives now. If Orlando is deported, Lisa & Isabelle will certainly not get the long-term medical care they both need and will be forced to make an impossible choice. Should they leave the rest of their family and their beloved dogs behind and move to a country where they do not know the language with no money, no possessions, not even a place to live? Their only other choice is to remain here without a husband or father to help them through the hard times their illness presents. Either choice would be devastating to them. No one benefits from Orlando’s deportation, instead, two U.S. citizens will suffer even more. We ask that you please sign this petition to help Orlando remain in the U.S. Orlando has shown that he has learned from his youthful mistakes and deserves another chance, Lisa deserves to have her husband with her and Isabelle deserves to be able to grow up with her father. Please help them with your signature. Then share this petition and ask your friends to do the same.
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