- Secretary of the Depatment of Homeland SecurityJanet Napolitano
- Assistant Secretary for ICEJohn Morton
- Linda SanchezRepresentative
- Dianne FeinsteinSenator
Don't Separate the Varela Family: Stop Carlos's Deportation
Carlos Varela, 53, has established himself as an active community member, small business owner, and father. Originally from Morelos, Mexico, Carlos came to the United States through a workers program in 1983 to have a better future for him and his wife Hermelinda. After several years Carlos and Hermelinda began a family of their own and decided to raise their children in Norwalk, CA. Seeing that his family began to prosper and grow, Carlos began to take an affective role in his community by volunteering and became a successful entrepreneur.
As an entrepreneur he was able to successfully run a bakery in addition to operating a retail store for a short period of time. Much of his success with the bakery was due to the on going reputation of the welcoming environment that Carlos transcended to his customers. With this reputation Carlos was able to aid local churches to provide food for the less fortunate on numerous occasions. Aside from assisting the ongoing community programs Carlos made many contributions to the surrounding schools for students to prosper and have similar ambitions of being an entrepreneur as himself. His six years of success with the bakery was achieved through the long lasting relationships that he built.
His on going passion for assisting others that were undergoing hardships, Carlos took a proactive approach to becoming a key leader of the Spanish congregation at the Crystal Cathedral. As a member of the Food Bank Ministry he would personally deliver food to those who had transportation difficulties. Shortly after, he took on the role as chair of the Food Bank Ministry for two years were he served over thousands of families. Recognized as a key leader, many of the men in the congregation saw him as a role model and considered him to be their mentor. Carlos openly shared his story with the men in the congregation that sought guidance in their lives.
On December 4th, 2011 after attending an evening services Carlos and his wife were pulled over for a broken tail light in a routine traffic stop by a Garden Grove police officer. Being that Carlos was the driver, the officer inquired information and discovered an order of deportation that he received in 1998. After this discovery, ICE was contacted and he was turned into their custody where he would face deportation.
The family will now face economic trials and hardships with the absence of Carlos being that he was head of the household and his wife unable to work due to recent surgeries. This tremendous impact not only affects his immediate family, but also the lives of his grandchildren where he has been the father figure for the past several years. He is able to take on such a role with his grandchildren because of the relationship that he has with his children. As his daughters continue to prosper as young adults they remain to seek guidance from their father as it has affected them in a positive way.
Today we ask you to join the Varela family by singing the petition to end Carlos Varela’s deportation and to keep the family united. Your signature will lead us one step closer, uniting all families in similar situations. We thank you for your contribution in joining the community to keep the Varela family together in the United States.
- Janet Napolitano
Secretary of the Depatment of Homeland Security
- John Morton
Assistant Secretary for ICE
This is a request to support and help take action to immediately stop the deportation of Carlos Varela. Carlos Varela is a 53-year old father, grandfather, business owner, active community member, mentor, and church leader. Carlos was born in Morelos, Mexico, and moved with his wife Hermelinda Varela in 1983 in order to start a new life and achieve his goals.
Carlos is a loving husband to Hermelinda Varela and a father to three young women. Carlos moved to the United States because he was in pursue of the American dream and wanted to raise a family in a safe environment. Carlos has had many successful accomplishments living in the United States and has been able to provide for his family financially. As a father he has always instilled great American values to his children and is a constant reminder that with hard work and dedication anything is possible. As a grandfather, Carlos is portrayed as a second father and has always provided his children and grandchildren with love and support.
As a business owner, Carlos alongside his wife and family owned a Bakery and retail store. Carlos has demonstrated that through his hard work and determination he has been able to pursue his goals and contribute to society. Through his business, Carlos has served as an active member in his community and church by facilitating and coordinating events that help the less fortunate. Carlos always looked for opportunities in which others can excel by helping them and leading by example. One way that Carlos has demonstrated his community involvement is by facilitating student events for California State University, Long Beach and local San Pedro schools.
On December 4th, 2011, Carlos was detained for living in the United States illegally. This tragedy has not only affected him, but also his family and friends as well. His family has been greatly devastated from this tragedy not just from Carlos’ absence, but also from the loss of financial support and stability. Carlos is the only person from his family that is not a legal citizen of the United States and therefore he has no one to turn to if he were to be deported back to Mexico. Carlos has been living in the United States for more than 25 years and the only place that he considers his home is the United States.
We, the undersigned, along with Carlos Varela and his family request your action to stop Carlos’ deportation so that he is able to stay in the United States and continue to help support his family, facilitate events within his community, and pursue his lifelong dreams and ambitions.
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