Sign Matt Roloff's Petition: Save 'Little People, Big World' Family's Beloved Employee from Deportation

  • by: Matt Roloff
  • recipient: Jeh Johnson, Department of Homeland Security; Sarah Saldaña, ICE director

Camerino Gonzalez-Sanchez came to the United States from Mexico 24 years ago as a young man looking for a better life. He's since been deported after being falsely convicted of a nonviolent crime. Please sign this petition to ask U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to revisit his case!  

Camerino was hired by Roloff Family Farms and was essentially adopted by the Roloff family. He became primary caretaker for this unique, well-known family that is affected by dwarfism (our story is told in the hit TLC show "Little People, Big World.") Camerino essentially became my arms and legs, as I walk on crutches. Camerino has been gainfully employed for 17 years in this position. During that time he raised his two young girls – both U.S. citizens and honor students.

Some years ago, when we realized his documentation was flawed, we began a process to ‘sponsor’ and seek permanent residence for Camerino. As months turned into years, he endured the constant threat of deportation while a series of immigration lawyers worked on his case.

Meanwhile, he was allowed to live, work, pay taxes and raise his family in Oregon all the while reporting to the immigration office. Unfortunately, he didn’t always receive good legal advice.

Camerino paid an immigration attorney his entire savings account, and shortly after the attorney forced to resign from the OR Bar (or be disbarred) for ineffective counsel in not only Camerino's case, but several other cases as well. She mishandled clients funds and made poor judgements on behalf of her clients, Camerino included.

ICE would like to bury this misjustice and sweep it under the rug. But instead they should revisit the damage her representation did to Camerino's legalization process. If this attorney had properly filed Camerino's papers, Camerino might have been a permanent U.S resident years ago.

Then, 9 years ago, Camerino was falsely accused and convicted of drug possession. New evidence has since come to light showing the drugs were not Camerino's, evidence that will overturn his conviction if only the immigration officials would review his case. But ICE doesn’t seem to want to investigate or care about how this attorney negatively affected Camerino's right to fair consideration.

Camerino has since been deported, leaving his young daughters fatherless. We must convince the authorities to take a closer look at the facts in his case.

I need YOUR powerful voice! Please sign my petition today to reunite this broken family. Ask ICE to revisit Camerino's case!

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