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Armando Paez has been living and working in the U.S. for the past 17 years.  During this time he has tried to become an American citizen.  For the past 4 years, he has had to attended interviews at the Chicago ICE office as required under an order of supervision, in order to be granted a stay of deportation.  Last month his stay of deportation was denied and he was told he must report to his deportation officer on November 17, 2016 with a one way ticket to Colombia.  This would mean leaving his wife and 3 children, for whom he is the major breadwinner for his wife and two youngest children. 

Armando is a hardworking husband and father who does not deserve to be sent to a war torn country to live after establishing a home and family here in America. Colombia has been torn apart by conflict for over 50 years. The war that has raged between the Colombian government, guerilla groups such as the FARC and ELN, paramilitaries, and narco-traffickers has cost the lives of an estimated 50,000 – 200,000 people and has displaced millions of others.  The vote on the peace referendum failed on October 2, 2016. 

Armando has complied with the orders of the Immigration and Custom Enforcement.  He has contributed to our community.  He and his wife work with authorization.  They have supported their children through school, with their two youngest currently in college.  

Regardless of how you feel about immigration, please consider that most of us wouldn’t be here without a previous family member or ancestor having been brave enough to come here from another country.  Try to imagine what it would be like to have to leave your place of birth due to war and travel to a new country to live, work and raise a family only to be told you must return to that war torn country. 

Please sign this petition in an effort to save Armando from deportation, being ripped away from his family and definite uncertainty in Colombia.  The situation in many parts of Colombia is still so dangerous that some of those returned have been killed.