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Community unites in Prayer to stop deportation of Father of Four


Detroit, May 10, 2012: Father Leo Reilly of St. Anne’s Church and Pastor John Cummings of Southwest Detroit Community Lutheran Church led dozens of local residents in prayer to prevent the deportation of Gustavo Vargas, a father of four US-citizen children, ideal citizen, and business man.


The vigil and public awareness appear to be the last hope keeping Mr. Vargas united with his family.  Mr. Vargas had no problems with the law, other than immigration.  He is a family man who operates his own floor installation business. Vargas owns his own home in Southwest Detroit and has lived in the United States for 23 years. 

Rogelia Vargas


The vigil was held in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office on Mt. Elliot in Detroit.


Vargas is an active member of Our Lady Queen of Angels church in Southwest Detroit, where his wife Rogelia serves as a deacon.  Many congregants and community supporters were on hand at the vigil.  They have collected more than 500 petition signatures on Vargas’ behalf since Friday.


Vargas’ deportation also runs counter to the stated federal policy to focus on deporting dangerous people with criminal records.  To the contrary, deporting Vargas will destabilize his community and penalize his US Citizen children.


 “The Vargas family shows how badly our nation needs immigration reform, and how the Administration needs to do more to keep families together.  It is absolutely unjust that a father of four US citizen children who has lived in the US for more than 20 years should have no options.  It brings me hope to see that this tragic moment is uniting a community in faith and solidarity,” said Director of the Alliance for Immigrants Rights, Ryan Bates.


More information can be found at the event page within the Alliance for Immigrant Rights and Reform’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ReformImmigrationForAmericaMI.


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