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