To: President Obama & Secretary Jeh Johnson, Department of Homeland Security

Ask the Department of Homeland Security: "Where's the Discretion? Grant Arturo a Stay!"

Ask the Department of Homeland Security: "Where's the Discretion? Grant Arturo a Stay!"

Stop the deportation of Arturo Armando Hernández Garcia, A#087-952-389, so he can remain with his family. We urge you to grant Mr. Hernández a stay of removal. Such action would not only be in line with the teaching of our faith traditions, but true to the values of our communities and nation. Until he is safe from deportation, we will continue to support Arturo in Sanctuary at First Unitarian Society of Denver.

Why is this important?

The Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition welcomed Arturo into sanctuary October 19th at First Unitarian Society of Denver. We are putting into action our commitment to welcome and accompany our immigrant neighbors into our community because we are called upon to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Arturo is our neighbor, and his threat of deportation is a threat to our entire community. We do not accept anyone's right to tear apart loving families in our community. We have chosen to bring Arturo into sanctuary because it is just, and believe the injustice of our immigration policy is an offense against our community and our faith.

ARTURO'S SITUATION
Arturo is a loving husband, father of two children and small business owner who has lived in the US for 15 years. His home is here in Colorado with his family where he can fulfill his dream of seeing both his daughters off to college one day. He and his family have exhausted every resource and legal recourse to stay together over the last four years and need your participation to stay together now.

Arturo Hernández has been married for 16 years and has two daughters- Mariana, a 15 year old in the process of qualifying for Deferred Action and Andrea, 9 year old U.S. citizen. He and his family have lived in Colorado for 15 years.

Here is a video from his daughter about his petition:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3iP9SPnD0Y&feature=youtu.be

Arturo is a small business owner and started his company as a subcontractor in the construction industry in 2008. He provides employment for an average of 8 to 9 people annually, and he also contributes to a bible study in the Catholic Church as well as service projects.

In 2010, Arturo was unfairly arrested by local police, but was proven innocent in court and all charges were withdrawn. Unfortunately, even though he was acquitted, he was detained by immigration and deportation proceedings continued.

ICE continues to deny Arturo’s appeals, saying that the suffering of his family is not reason enough to stop his deportation. How can we accept this immoral answer? When Arturo’s sick father died in Mexico last year, Arturo could not be with him for fear of aggravating his immigration status and placing the stability of his family in jeopardy. How can we stand by and witness this pain?

Because of the significant suffering his deportation would cause his daughters, his wife and the families of his employees, we ask that his deportation be stopped immediately and that he be granted a stay of removal so he can stay with his family. We urge you to Sign and Share this petition asking Immigration to grant Arturo a stay of removal. Such action would not only be in line with the teaching of our faith traditions, but true to the values of our communities and nation.

TAKE ACTION

We ask that you join us in asking Secretary Jeh Johnson to close Arturo’s deportation order and encourage President Obama to take action and expand deferred action for all 11 million undocumented people who are part of our communities and congregations. Sign and share the petition today.

How it will be delivered

This Monday, January 26th, we will be delivering the petition with Arturo's application for a stay of deportation. Help us keep up the momentum by sharing widely and asking your friends to do the same!

Denver, CO, United States

Reasons for signing

  • I believe in human rights!
  • Families should not be broken apart by unjust laws
  • My family fled the Irish Famine 150 years ago. The majority didn't want us here. I can't go back and change this, but I can work to help Arturo and his family!

Updates

2015-03-27 13:24:25 -0400

El Viernes pasado Ana recibio la noticia que el stay de Arturo fue negado mientras marcho con mas de 300 apoyadores. Muchos de ustedes estuvieron con ella cuando compartio la noticia. Ella y Arturo estan listos de seguir la lucha. Estas listo tambien?

Comparte la peticion https://bit.ly/KeepArturoHome

Lunes 30 de Marzo haz una llamada a Washington DC
Call ICE Director Saldana: (202)-732-3000
Call ERO Director Homas: (202)-732-5545
SAMPLE SCRIPT: "Hello I'm calling to ask that ICE stop the deportation of Arturo Armando Hernández Garcia (A087-952-389). I was deeply (saddened,angered,disappointed) that his stay was denied last week. Arturo is a man of deep faith and a small businessman who has lived in the United States for more than 15 years. He is the sole economic support of his family, a father of two daughters, one an American citizen, and they need him at home. Arturo Hernández is a perfect example of someone who should be granted discretion."

2015-03-27 13:23:42 -0400

Last Friday we turned our prayer in to a march to the courthouse with over 300 supporters. Ana received word that Arturo's stay was denied as we marched. They decided to keep marching. She and Arturo are ready to keep on going. Will you join us?

Share the petition widely https://bit.ly/KeepArturoHome

Monday, March 30th Make a call to Immigration in Washington
Call ICE Director Saldana: (202)-732-3000
Call ERO Director Homas: (202)-732-5545
SAMPLE SCRIPT: "Hello I'm calling to ask that ICE stop the deportation of Arturo Armando Hernández Garcia (A087-952-389). I was deeply (saddened,angered,disappointed) that his stay was denied last week. Arturo is a man of deep faith and a small businessman who has lived in the United States for more than 15 years. He is the sole economic support of his family, a father of two daughters, one an American citizen, and they need him at home. Arturo Hernández is a perfect example of someone who should be granted discretion."

2015-01-23 00:38:21 -0500

We're at 1,300 signatures. Help us get to 3,000 by sharing Mariana, Arturo's daughter's, message!
Estamos a 1,300 firmas. Ayudanos lograr 3,000 o mas compartiendo este mensaje de Mariana, la hija de Arturo.
http://youtu.be/A3iP9SPnD0Y
http://youtu.be/EskmchK6M-o

2014-12-01 02:40:55 -0500

1,000 signatures reached

2014-10-26 23:36:51 -0400

500 signatures reached

2014-10-25 14:31:35 -0400

Arturo and his family thank you for signing the petition. They are so encouraged to see so many signatures in such a short period of time! You can see video of the ceremony welcoming Arturo into Sanctuary here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yV9DBdIWpy8

2014-10-23 12:26:26 -0400

100 signatures reached

2014-10-22 22:04:54 -0400

50 signatures reached

2014-10-22 19:29:05 -0400

25 signatures reached

2014-10-22 16:00:10 -0400

10 signatures reached