Local father loses fight to stay in the U.S.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A local man has lost his fight to stay in this country, and a group of pastors, who had been helping him in his fight, say they are heartbroken.

The group learned Josue Sandoval Perez was deported on Friday morning, the same day they held a rally in support of the Kansas City father's cause. They had no idea as they held that rally, it was already too late. Andrew Kling with Communities Creating Opportunity, or CCO, said they had been told as of Friday that no decision had been made.

"Our hearts are breaking for Josue and his family," said Kling. "Those kids lost their father on Friday and it didn't need to happen."

Kling said Sandoval's two kids had plans to visit their father in detention on Saturday.

"They lost their family on Friday, they were misled about his whereabouts, and never got a chance to say goodbye," said Kling.

Even worse, Kling says the family had no idea where INS had taken Sandoval.

"For a long agonizing night they didn't know if he was alive or dead," said Kling.

They do know now that he's safe. But CCO calls this a moral tragedy, especially because Sandoval's case is not unique. They say families are being ripped apart all the time, good people punished, American children like Sandoval's left without a father.

"ICE made choices to not listen to the community in this case," said Kling. "And we're going to get to the bottom of that in the days ahead."

Republicans like Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach have weighed in on this case arguing that it doesn't matter if someone is a good person, if they broke the law, they must be deported.

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15 comments

  • Joe

    Come on. He may have broken the law but this penalty is too severe. We need to use some common sense which Sam Graves seems to be short on. If his family wasn’t living off the taxpayer before, you can bet they will now since their breadwinner has been shipped out of the country. This is truly shameful. It isn’t like he robbed or raped anyone.

  • Wayne Finn

    He has been here for 10 years and was already deported once before. He had every warning he needed to get his legal status. This is his own fault. Like Joe said we do need more common sense, just not blaming the people he does. Common sense, you choose to live your life somewhere other than your home country, you become a citizen. That’s common sense.

    • Jon

      Common sense? Really? Go try that in every other country and not only do you not become a citizen but you wind up in jail. How is it common sense that your immigration policy is that anyone who lives within walking distance of your border can be a citizen?

  • what part of illegal is so hard to understand

    You have two families: “Joe Legal” and “Jose Illegal”.
    Both families have two parents, two children, and live in California.
    Joe Legal works in construction, has a Social Security Number and makes $25.00 per hour with taxes deducted.
    Jose Illegal also works in construction, has NO Social Security Number, and gets paid $15.00 cash “under the table”.
    Ready? Now pay attention….
    Joe Legal: $25.00 per hour x 40 hours = $1000.00 per week, or $52,000.00 per year. Now take 30% away for state and federal tax; Joe Legal now has $31,231.00.
    Jose Illegal: $15.00 per hour x 40 hours = $600.00 per week, or $31,200.00 per year. Jose Illegal pays no taxes. Jose Illegal now has $31,200.00.
    Joe Legal pays medical and dental insurance with limited coverage for his family at $600.00 per month, or $7,200.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $24,031.00.
    Jose Illegal has full medical and dental coverage through the state and local clinics at a cost of $0.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.
    Joe Legal makes too much money and is not eligible for food stamps or Welfare. Joe Legal pays $500.00 per month for food, or $6,000.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $18,031.00.
    Jose Illegal has no documented income and is eligible for food stamps and welfare. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.
    Joe Legal pays rent of $1,200.00 per month, or $14,400.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $9,631.00.
    Jose Illegal receives a $500.00 per month federal rent subsidy. Jose Illegal pays out that $500.00 per month, or $6,000.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $ 31,200.00.
    Joe Legal pays $200.00 per month, or $2,400.00 for insurance. Joe Legal now has $7,231.00.
    Jose Illegal says, “We don’t need no stinkin’ insurance!” and still has $31,200..00.
    Joe Legal has to make his $7,231.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, Etc.
    Jose Illegal has to make his $31,200.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, and what he sends out of the country every month.
    Joe Legal now works overtime on Saturdays or gets a part time job after work.
    Jose Illegal has nights and weekends off to enjoy with his family.
    Joe Legal’s and Jose Illegal’s children both attend the same school. Joe Legal pays for his children’s lunches while Jose Illegal’s children get a government sponsored lunch. Jose Illegal’s children have an after School ESL program. Joe Legal’s children go home.
    Joe Legal and Jose Illegal both enjoy the same police and fire services, but Joe paid for them and Jose did not pay.
    Jose with his free tax payer entitlements makes $65,000.00 a year!
    Do you get it, now?
    Those that vote for or support any politician that supports illegal Alien: You are part of the problem!
    It’s way PAST time to take a stand for America and Americans!

  • Tom Paine

    I feel bad for the family, but don’t a lot of men leave their families to come here for a job, then send for them to join them later? I would bet it could work the other direction, too. I thought all this NAFTA free trade was supposed to create a lot of jobs south of our border at the expense of jobs here…
    Wouldn’t it be better to “encourage” Mexico to clean up their corruption and cartels so that good people would not have to leave their homes to head north?

  • Ronald

    When I see folks out protesting a legal deportation, I can only wonder what kind of treatment I would receive as an illegal immigrant in Mexico or any Central American country. Do a little research and find out how those countries deal with illegal immigration. It might surprise you how they handle the situation.

  • Cher

    So the father came to this country illegally, fathered children in this country…did mother know he was illegal? Is his name on the birth certificates? Mom collecting public assistance? Dad working and getting paid under the table. Shame on all of you, mother, father, possible employer of the father, and most of all the system that allows this to continue.

  • Sickofthiscrap

    He has been deported once already which makes it an automatic deportAtion when caught again! If his kids want to be with him, then go be with him! If he is such a good father and provider then he can provide for his family there! Happy ending!