David Chavez-Macias (A#92-827-571), a local Reno man, is at risk of being deported by Immigration Services (ICE). He has been denied prosecutorial discretion and faces deportation on April 5, 2017. If ICE proceeds with their plan to send him back to Mexico, this action threatens to rip apart his family, with devastating consequences for them. Additionally, David suffers from Marfan Syndrome, and without the treatment that he is unable to receive in Mexico, his life is at risk. His deportation would be an inestimable loss for the neighbors, work colleagues, and fellow parishioners, who have grown to love him.

Please sign this petition to oppose David’s deportation.

Additionally, call ICE to demand that they stop deportation proceedings:

Salt Lake City Field Office – Call: (801) 886-7423

Reno ICE Office – Call: (775) 789-3011

“I am calling to ask that you stop any proceedings to deport David Chavez-Macias (A#92-857-571). David is an integral part of our community, he is a loving father and husband, and our community would be greatly damaged by his absence. Please, stop his deportation proceedings today.”


Who is David?

David Chavez-Macias, a law-abiding husband and father of four who has lived in Reno for more than 20 years, has been stripped of his right to work and could soon be deported to Mexico.

His crime? He got a traffic ticket for turning left on a red light. It’s something we have all done, but unlike David, our lives will not be ripped apart because of it.

David is one of countless millions of hard-working and law-abiding immigrants nationwide whose lives are being ripped apart by a cruel and widening dragnet for “criminal aliens.”

But as David’s case shows, the “criminals” are often model citizens whose “crime” can be as trivial as a broken tail light or an unpaid parking ticket.

ACTIONN, an interfaith coalition of churches and concerned citizens in Northern Nevada, is leading efforts to protect David and countless others who work hard, pay taxes, follow the law, embrace family values and contribute to well-being of their adopted communities.

Like David, millions of these people have lived in the United States for years.  Their children have grown up here – many were born here — and have almost no direct knowledge of their home countries.

David came to the United States in 1988 and obtained a work permit. A landscaper, he moved here permanently in 1995.  Since 2013, he has checked in regularly with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), never missing an appointment, and was allowed to keep his work permit.

Thanks to his hard work, David and his wife Leticia watched their four children become thriving adults:  Susana, now 30; Nandy, 29; Ariana, 26; and Juan, 23. All four of his children have benefited from the Deferred Action program, granting them work permits, and all legally work in the United States, pay taxes, and contribute to our economy. He and Leticia have been married for 32 years.  David is a beloved parishioner of Little Flower Catholic Church in Reno.

However, David was stopped by police and received a traffic citation.  In response, ICE officials revoked his work permit and targeted him for deportation.

David’s next check-in with ICE is on April 5th, and his attorney fears that officials will take him into custody and prepare him for deportation.

The consequences would be devastating.  David’s only contacts in Mexico are in his home state of Aguascalientes, a state where violence is pervasive — especially against U.S. returnees who are assumed to have wealth.  One of David’s friends was brutally attacked, tortured, and killed after returning from the United States.

David’s deportation would tear his family to shreds.  His children have grown up in the U.S. and have almost no knowledge of Mexico – Juan was only 1 when he arrived.

Deportation could also be a death sentence. David and three of his children suffer from Marfan Syndrome, a genetic disorder that weakens the heart.  The treatments they receive in the U.S. are unavailable in many parts of Mexico.

Meanwhile, all the evidence shows that David poses no criminal threat whatsoever.  Quite the opposite: he is a pillar of family values, integrity and self-reliance.  The only blemish on his record is a traffic ticket.

David’s many friends in Reno, as well as his supporters in Reno’s interfaith community, are campaigning to protect him from unconscionable and unwarranted persecution.

The stakes are high: if the government deports David, it can persecute hundreds of thousands and even millions of other law-abiding residents as well.

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