Young girl shut down in quest for answers about her deported father

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Local Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers turned away a 12-year old girl on Thursday. She went to the Kansas City field office wanting answers about her dad.

Twelve-year old Nayelly Sandoval's father Josue was deported to Mexico more than a month ago. Nayelly never got to say goodbye and still questions why her family has been ripped apart.

After repeated requests for a meeting, and no response from ICE, Nayelly showed up at the ICE office to see if she could get answers. Outside the uninviting concrete building on the outskirts of Kansas City, a small group with Communities Creating Opportunity gathered.

Blowing in the wind, the United States flag.

The flag's meaning was lost on the group, which included Nayelly

"Our dad wanted me, my brother and my mom to have a better life here in the U.S.," she said.

Nayelly wanted to sit down with the director at the ICE field office.

"I would tell him, 'why did you take my dad? Why did you do that?' And I would give him my letter," said the outspoken sixth grader.

Her letter, written to President Barack Obama, addresses the circumstances surrounding the detention and deportation of her father.

"He's a hardworking man. He's the reason we have clothes on our back and food on the table cause of him," Nayelly said about her dad.

When asked what she would say to the director of the KC ICE field office: "I would just tell him, 'What if they did that to your dad? How would you feel? Or what would you do in the situation that I'm in right now with my dad?" she said.

Josue admittedly entered the us illegally in 1998 to join his wife and son. Nayelly was born a few years later and, by birth, is an American citizen.

"Now I know how other people feel. Like kids not having their dads with them. Or their dad passed away or their dads gone," she said.

With security guards continuously checking on the group, Nayelly and friends walked her letter inside and ask for a meeting with the director.

After about 20 minutes they were turned away and told the director was on a conference call and would be occupied at least another two hours. The group was told they couldn't wait on the property.

"They just want to get us out of there immediately. These people like don't even care," Nayelly said.

The quest for answers doesn't end, the group called the director's main line and he picked up.

"Hello, this is Rev. Susan McCann and I'm here with other clergy and we're very anxious to meet with you regarding the matter of Josue Sandoval," said McCann, a Rector with Grace Episcopal Church as she spoke to the director over the phone.

"You can't talk to us? But can we give you a letter? His daughter is here and would just like to give you a letter," she told him, but was denied. "But you wont let us leave the letter here?" McCann asked the director.

"We drove all the way down here, I guess for nothing," Nayelly said in a devastated tone.

Nayelly was finally told she could leave her letter with the security guards. FOX 4's calls to ICE officials also went unanswered.

So why was Josue arrested and deported?

FOX 4's Macradee Aegerter obtained police reports which indicated Josue was first investigated by Kansas City, Missouri Police in April 2013 for cashing in damaged coins for undamaged money at a local grocery store.

In January, 2014 police arrested Josue in the case at his place of employment and that's when ICE officials got involved. The report indicates he had a February court date, but he was deported in January before he could appear.

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26 comments

  • Beth

    He was deported because he was here in the US illegally. Clear enough for you?
    Shame on these so called pastors. They should tend to their flock better and stop performing for the media.

    • God

      Go forth and go great things. Be blessed and bless others :)

      Hebrews 13:2

      “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

    • God

      Do you believe in imaginary lines? I don’t :)

      Ezekiel 47:22

      You shall allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the sojourners who reside among you and have had children among you. They shall be to you as native-born children of Israel. With you they shall be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel.

  • Patrick

    Sad for the girl, yes, but as is noted, he was here illegally and was charged with a crime. Most likely he was released to ICE and then accepted voluntary departure (in custody) to Mexico. He came to the attention of law enforcement, ICE didn’t go looking for him at his home.

    • God

      Love everyone! You are all my people! :)

      Matthew 5:46-47

      For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?

  • David

    It’s a shame this happens but these people know they are here illegally and they should know that if they have children here, they risk the separation if deported. Sounds like their own community is not educating them properly on the risks they take. The father should have done the correct process to avoid this. Instead of all this fighting about immigration amnesty, teach your community how to do it right.

    • God

      Whose rights are you defending?? I still love you though :)

      Proverbs 31:8-9

      Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.

    • God

      Are you putting yourself last???? Think about. Love you!

      Luke 13:29-30

      And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God. And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

  • DC

    I can tell you why your father was deported – he was here illegally.

    I can also give you the address of the POTUS, or you can just find it online.

    What I do not know:
    Is your mother an American citizen?
    Did your mother and father never marry?

    I, too say shame on these pastors. You should be leading your flock to follow the law, not supporting this type of behavior. If I were a member of your church, I’d be finding another one.

    • God

      Are you sharing your tunic? Hmmm. I love you! Love everyone just like I love you! :)

      Matthew 5:40-42

      And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you

  • RS

    Shame on these groups for exploiting a 12 year old girl for publicity and political gain. I feel for her, but as noted in the other comments, her dad was here illegally. He was rightly deported.

    • God

      I don’t care where you’re from, so why do you? Love! Love! Love! All you need is love! Yes, I know I’m God and I just quoted The Beatles. Love you! <3

      Luke 13:29-30

      "And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God. And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

  • God

    God bless you all!

    Leviticus 19:33-34

    “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”

  • Jr F

    For all heartless ignorant people out there , yes he was here illegally ,but he came here to give his family a better life.
    The reason why he didn’t have a green card is because when you come to us crossing the border illegally you can’t get a green card.
    For all so called Americans, check your backgrounds, we all have a immigrant in our family.

  • RV Moore

    He was not a united states citizen. He was here illegally. That’s why he was deported. As should all illegal citizens. why the hell are all these people out there trying to get their mug on camera? My gosh! We are overrun by illegal immigrants – and one gets deported – and you make a scene??? Why don’t you try to slip over into another country and see how nice they treat you??? What the hell is wrong with you guys?

  • Diana

    I do feel sorry for the family, however, if the man came here illegally, and has been here for a long time he has had time enough to do something to become a legal citizen. The kids probably don’t understand that he came here the wrong way. Our border control is responsible for this type of scene. They should have done their job better. I am not for amnesty.

  • squeaky wheeler

    dear non-god: the 613 commandments also state that G-d’s chosen should not associate with gentiles (unchosen, perhaps). running amok on a board and repeatedly tossing out bits of the 613 is ludicrous – especially since most of your audience probably doesn’t believe what you’re conveying. further, rather than being loving (non-god loves you), you’re coming across as judgmental and legalistic. because you are being so “loving” as you toss out your ideals, perhaps you are also a believer in the new testament G-d? if that is the case, remember paul’s letters – the parts where he encourages believers to refrain from judging non-believers within the context of scriptures.

    as a conservative, i do not believe that the government has a responsibility to take care of people who are in this country illegally. however, as a compassionate human being, i have been known to privately extend help to those i encounter from time-to-time. i believe in the power of individual, generous acts – not leaving compassion up to the government.

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