Imagine if your dad was suddenly arrested

This story was shared with us by Keeping Families Together.

I want to tell you a little bit about how our current immigration laws have affected me and my family. In 2010, my dad was pulled over by a sheriff’s deputy and taken into custody. He was charged with immigration violations that occurred in Indiana. However, my dad has never been in Indiana, so they obviously had the wrong person. He was released from custody two days later but in June of 2012 government officials knocked on our door. They asked if they could come in.

Since they did not properly identify themselves, it did not occur to us that they were ICE officers. They asked if someone we had never heard of lived there and asked if they could search the house. Since we had nothing to hide, we let them search. It did not occur to us to ask for a warrant.​ They did not find the person they were looking for and they left.

But later that day, our family went out. As soon as our car pulled onto the main road, it was surrounded by four government cars. They asked my dad to step out of the car so they could ask him some questions. Then, he was taken into custody.

​My father is a hardworking man who has always tried his best to provide for his family. He is a skilled mechanic and he provides a valuable service to people in this community. None of this mattered, unfortunately, because after being detained for a month in various detention centers in the United States, we heard from my dad again. Sadly, he had been deported and sent back to Mexico with no explanation.

​Imagine if suddenly your dad was arrested by law enforcement and taken into custody somewhere, but you had no idea where. Imagine if you had to spend a month worrying, without any contact between you and your dad. That’s the reality that I lived through last summer.

​The problem is that this is just not my reality. It is the reality of 12 million undocumented people who live in the U.S. Our broken immigration system has lead much of the population’s view on immigrants as less than human; it has lead to the abuse and exploitation of migrant workers, and it has lead to the suffering and separation of countless families.

Son asks President Obama to let his father stay

Carlos Neyoy, the thirteen-year-old son of Daniel Neyoy Ruiz, recently sought assistance from President Obama to stop his father’s deportation. The White House received a letter from Carlos asking President Obama to let his father remain in the United States on Monday, June 2 (letter attached). Congressman Raul Grijalva and Bishop Gerald Kicanas have added their voices to Carlos’s, along with thousands of others who have asked the Obama administration to stop the deportation of Daniel Neyoy Ruiz.

On Thursday, May 29, the Congressional Progressive Caucus held a hearing to highlight the impact of deportation on women and children and how current immigration policies tear families apart. The Neyoy family is currently in public sanctuary at Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, Arizona as a last resort to keep their family from being separated. According to Karla Stahlkopff, wife of Daniel Neyoy Ruiz and mother of Carlos Neyoy, “These last three weeks in sanctuary have been very difficult for us, but we remain strong because of our faith in God, in our community and in our love of each other. We pray, every day, that the President and the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security will do the right thing and keep my husband from being deported and my son from growing up without his father.”

Communities across the country continue to stand with the Neyoy family as they remain in sanctuary.

May 29, 2014

Dear President Obama,

My name is Carlos Neyoy. I am an 8th grader at Challenger Middle School in Tucson. I ask you to please close my dad’s case so that he can stay in the United States. He has already started a life here and has me and my mom here. He is a hard-working man who has done nothing wrong. He was stopped because his car was blowing too much exhaust. He is a good father and has the right to be with his family. I trust that you would understand, sir, because you have a family here as well.

Me and my dad are close. He used to take me everywhere. Once when I was 8 years old my dad took me to a small fair. He bought me food and we had fun all night. We stopped to play a game where you shoot corks at ducks. One of my dad’s shots hit the duck and bounced back and hit me in the head. He was so worried until he realized I wasn’t hurt and then we laughed so hard we were crying. This is one of my favorite memories. Now I don’t know if I should cry when I think about it because I don’t know if my dad will be here for more memories.

I was planning on going to Disneyland with my dad because he has never been there. I went with my Aunt once when I was 8 years old and had a great time but I kept thinking how much more fun it would be if my dad could come. We have been planning for all of us to go since I was 6 but never could because of the risk that he would get deported on the way to California if we went. We talked about going to all the rides and eating great food and having a wonderful time. Now I fear I won’t even be able to go to WalMart with my dad if he has to keep living in the church or, worse, that I won’t even see my dad for Christmas or my birthday if he gets sent to Mexico. I want my father to be here when I go to college. I want to be an attorney so that I can help people and I want my father to be by me when I get my degree, to see him being proud of me.

Mr. President, I don’t mean any disrespect with this but I’m just telling you to please don’t turn your back on us and not only help my family stay united but all families that are being separated by immigration laws. I ask you, Mr. President, to let my dad stay in the United States.


Carlos Neyoy

A dad’s love is endless


In this June 25, 2012 photo, Juana Garcia Martinez, seated center, poses with her family, from left, son Carlos, 12, daughter Gladys Dominguez, 19, son Victor, 19, granddaughter Jazleen Dominguez, 8-months, and daughter Katie, 5, in front of a photo of Juana Garcia’s late husband, Ildefonso Martinez, in Vista, Calif. Ildefonso Martinez died from dehydration trying to cross back into the United States after being deported last year. The death of migrants crossing the Southwest border has long been a tragic consequence of illegal immigration and, many say, the massive increase in U.S. border enforcement. For some, the tragedies are a powerful motivator in pushing Congress to act this year on a larger immigration reform package. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

My father Alfonso Martinez was a very hardworking man. He always took care of us and provided for our family. He had lived in the United States for twenty years with no problems. One morning he went to the store, he was asked by the store owner to stay and watch over the store while she left for an emergency, since the store owner is a family friend and being that the brother of the owner was on his way to take over my dad agreed.

Right after the owner left a deputy from the Vista sheriff department was delivering new policies for the sale of alcohol my dad was asked to sign to verify he had received the paperwork the deputy then asked for his ID and my dad showed his matricula consular. The deputy immediately called ICE because he assumed my dad was undocumented. My father was held for two hours in the backseat of a police car like a criminal. ICE arrived and took my dad to San Clemente, where he was then threatened to sign his so called “voluntary departure”. He was then deported to Mexico and separated from our family and my dad began his journey back to the US to reunite with all his 5 children and wife.

I received a frantic call from my mother on a Tuesday morning telling me that my dad was left behind in the Arizona desert because he was sick. Isaac, a friend of my dad whom he had befriended on this journey was with him crossing the border and refused to abandon my dad when the coyote took off with the rest of the group.

After trying to get a hold of help with no luck because of no cellphone signal, Isaac decided to walk until he found a spot two hours away from where my dad was laying ill. He called 911 knowing himself would be detained and taken back to Mexico. He asked for help soon after he was picked up and arrested Isaac pleaded with immigration agents to go rescue my father but was told to not worry about his friend. Since Isaac knew they weren’t looking for my father he asked to make a phone call to inform us of what was going on he was denied the call, a call that might just could have saved my dads life. After being detained for 3 nights Isaac was released back in Tijuana where he was able to inform us of all that had happened.

We immediately started calling everywhere to see if they had any information of my dad, but no one knew anything about him. I kept researching, calling detention centers and immigration customs agents to try and find him, but they were no help. I kept researching until finally I found Borstar, which is a search and rescue team. Eventually I talked to an agent, who was willing to bring Isaac to where my dad was left.

Isaac wasn’t confused, he knew exactly where to find my dad. My father was found in the same spot Isaac had left him to go search for help. If only the agents would have taken Isaac to where he knew my father was on that day, my father might still be here with us, or at least his body would have been recovered in better condition. His body was found completely decomposed. After 5 days in the hot desert with all the wild animals his body was not in condition to be viewable for a last goodbye.

A dad’s love is endless, because he will do anything to be with his family. He knew he was putting his life at risk, because Arizona is hot the desert is hot, but nothing was more important than being with us.

Leach: Deported even after order revoked

Leach Chhoeun came to the United States as a refugee from Cambodia when he was 4 years old, after most of his family was killed during the genocide. Like other refugees, Leach’s family was resettled in an impoverished neighborhood plagued by gang violence, poor schools, unemployment, and a lack of any resources for new immigrants. Cambodian youth were picked on and began joining together for protection. By elementary school, Leach was in a gang.

In 1996, at the age of 18, Leach was arrested for assault with a firearm following an incident in which his cousin exchanged gunfire with a rival gang. Leach was present but unarmed. No one was injured in the incident, but Leach served one year in state prison. Weeks after his conviction, Congress retroactivelydesignated it as an “aggravated felony” under new 1996 legislation.

Leach decided to leave gang life in 1999, months after his brother was mistakenly targeted and killed in a drive-by shooting. He married his wife (now of 19 years) and has focused on raising his two daughters, 14 and 6 years old. His father and both sisters tragically died of Lupus. He is the last surviving relative and primary caretaker of his mother, who suffers from major depressive disorder, memory loss, and seizures. In April 2014, ICE arrested Leach, seeking to deport him to Cambodia for his 1996 conviction.

At the last minute, a judge granted Leach a “stay of deportation,” but before the notice was granted, ICE had already put Leach on a plane to Cambodia. He remains there, unable to care for his mother, wife, or daughters.

Arturo: Fighting to stay with family, community

Arturo is a loving husband, father of two children, and a small business owner who has lived in the United States for 15 years. His home is in Colorado with his family where he can fulfill his dream of seeing both his daughters off to college one day.

Arturo Hernandez Garcia has been married for 16 years and has two daughters – Mariana, a 15-year-old in the process of qualifying for DACA, and Andrea, a 9-year-old U.S. citizen. He and his family have lived in Colorado for 15 years. He 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. An active member of his community, he also contributes to a bible study in the Catholic Church and assists with local 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. He has now been living in sanctuary in Denver since October 2014 to fight his deportation.

His family continues to stand with him to fight his unjust deportation. Mariana, his eldest daughter, posted this video, advocating for his case.

Take action now for Arturo and his family – tell ICE officials to exercise prosecutorial discretion now! Sign Arturo’s petition here.

Personal Injury Law : Dog Bites

So you have been bit by a dog, you are hurt, what do you do? Well its first a good idea to get medical care as soon as possible. Dog bites can get infected quite easily, and depending on the severity of the bite, can have long lasting effects on physical capabilities. Lets assume the dog bite is more minor, perhaps a bite on the leg that has drew blood and caused significant pain and required medical assistance however it was not life threatening. After taking down the dog owner’s contact information, head to the emergency room. Give the doctors the owner’s information so that they can confirm that the dog is licensed to the owner and has been vaccinated for rabies.

After you get home from the hospital, write everything down that you remember from the incident. Log everything that was done and said and add up your medical expenses from the incident. Be sure to include any medications given to you, emergency room/hospital costs, as well as any work you may have had to miss.
After writing down everything that you can remember, all resulting costs, send an itemized list of those costs to the owner. Make sure to include a deadline for payment. Make the deadline reasonable, especially if it is a good amount of money. Wait for the deadline. If you had not heard from the owner, then you may have to take them to small claims court. Small claims court is generally the right place for cases that have damages not exceeding $10,000. This amount can vary depending on the city or state. Make sure to check your local rules to ensure you are filing in the correct court. If you have any questions, make sure to check with an Attorney.

Strict Liability in a Nutshell

Some states have specific dog bite statutes that enact ‘strict liability’ this means that the person who was bit does not have to prove that the dog owner did anything wrong. The theory behind putting strict liability on dog bites is to hold dog owners responsible for the injury their dog inflicts, period. This places a large amount of responsibility on the pet owner, encouraging them to train their pet so they are not aggressive in public. Some jurisdictions may have the “one bite rule”. This rule states the dog owner is held to strict liability only if the dog had bitten someone in the past, or acted in a way that the owner should have known the dog would have bitten someone.In order to win a case of strict liability against a dog owner, you must prove the following:

1) You were bit by the dog

2) The person you are suing is the dog’s owner

3) You did not provoke the dog

4) You were in a public place where you had a right to be

5) You sustained damages.

As you can see, it is pretty easy to meet all the criteria. It is important to note that in most states, you are not limited to suing just under a specific dog bite statute. You may also sue under a common law (the owner knew the dog was aggressive) or negligence theory (the owner should have known the dog.

Why You Should Hire a Long Island Immigration Lawyer

The immigration process can be one of the most important events in a person’s life. An immigration application / appeal process can make all the difference in where your children grow up, education and their quality of life, as well as the opportunities they could have. Because immigration law can be so complex, and because major changes happen all the time, finding a good immigration lawyer in Long Island can make all the difference in the world. Do not let bad advice and / or experience from co-workers, friends or relatives lead to your immigration chances being dashed, before you ever get started.

A good immigration lawyer can advise you concerning every detail of Long Island immigration law, the latest changes in the law, as well as your best course of action. They will carefully determine every fact, and every aspect of your individual situation, and give you the best advice, as well as the best chance for emigrating successfully. Your Long Island immigration lawyer will work closely with you, whether it’s by the phone, or in person, and will prepare your case accordingly so that you have the best chances for success. The immigration lawyer will be able to decide exactly what individual immigration benefits you may be eligible for, as well as what immigration agencies you might have to go through.

Even if the immigration process doesn’t seem too complicated, there are plenty of setbacks that may occur, which may disrupt your immigration efforts. Even filling out the immigration application can be confusing, and making one or two mistakes could cost you extra time and money, and possibly could disrupt your whole immigration process. A small mistake could have major effects, as it could limit your immigration options; it could limit your stay in the Long Island, or could result in a complete visa denial. If you end up having to hire an immigration lawyer later on in the process to appeal a decision or prepare a fresh application, it will only cost you more money and aggravation. The smart move is to consult with an immigration lawyer from the very beginning, so that the process will run smoother in the end.
Oftentimes your friends or co-workers, and even some immigration consultants, do not have the necessary training or in-depth knowledge to thoroughly understand and apply complex immigration case- law and statutes, and sometimes are not qualified to help you decide what the best course of action is for your particular situation. The Long Island immigration process is much more detailed and complex than just filling out forms and require real technical knowledge and professional expertise.