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Mar 10, 2011

Dan Furmansky is the Standing on the Side of Love Campaign Manager.

The message below went out to Standing on the Side of Love supporters on Thursday, March 10, 2011. You can sign-up for these emails here.

Raul Cardenas with his daughter.

Our community has been working hard to halt the deportation of Raul Cardenas. With Raul scheduled for deportation in a matter of weeks, his wife, Judy, is distraught, as are his daughter and step-sons. We are getting down to the wire now!

Yesterday, Judy’s 15-year-old son, Sammy, sent me the letter below, and I asked to share it with you. Please read it and forward it widely.

At this point, it may be up to elected officials to intervene with the Department of Homeland Security to ask them to halt this deportation. Signing this petition is the best way you can help right now:


In the last few week we have sent almost 800 faxes and made dozens of calls to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano asking her to halt the deportation of Raul Cardenas.

The threat of Raul’s deportation looms. Please sign this petition to prevent this family from being torn apart:


Please also read Sammy’s letter, forward along to your friends and family, and ask them to take action for the Cardenas family as well.

We must work to keep this family together!

Thank you,


———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Sammy Rivera
Date: Wed, Mar 09, 2011
Subject: Please help our family
To: Dan Furmansky


Raul came here to support his family back home, and now has a family here in America to support. He has family and friends who love him and he will have to leave all that just because he came to work. That is messed up.

We are a hard working family with two teenagers, a child, and a loving wife, and now this government that claims to be the greatest, most powerful, and fair is threatening to pull us apart. If Raul is deported, then our family will begin to fall apart, and he will be forced to start over in a country that hasn’t been his home for over 10 years.

My 7-year-old sister, Pamela, will lose her father. It might send my mother into a deep depression — maybe all of us. My brother and I will lose the father figure in our lives, and his guidance. If Raul is deported, our family will lose a vital source of financial, physical and emotional support from Raul being gone, and a keystone of major significance will be gone from the family, crippling us for who knows how long.

This is a horrible thing to happen to any family. I hope people will care and help us keep our family together.


One Response to “Fwd: Please help our family”

  1. Gretchen Paul says:

    I am the first person to say deport illegal aliens, HOWEVER, providing the information concerning Raul’s case is correct, I feel that he is due a stay of deportation. He has been here 10 years, and is married and has american born children. Apparently he is working and paying taxes and is clearly a part of America. I believe he should not be deported. I don’t know this man, but I believe deportation should be taken on a case by case basis, and this is one case, probably like many, that he should be granted a stay. If it were a couple that just arrived here illegally and just had a child, then I would say make them leave as both parents are non-us citizens. In this case, from what it sounds like, the wife is a US citizen, and the children he supports are U.S. citizens. He has been here a whole decade already and therefore should be granted leniency as well as a stay. There are a LOT of other people including those that ARE U.S. Citizens that don’t deserve to be here, especially those in prison who are eventually freed who should be deported from this society. I truly believe that each person scheduled for deportation, should be judged on their individual situation and how they have conducted their lives here in the United States. Judging from the facts provided, Raul seems to have been and still is a decent law abiding and working citizen who contributes to society and should be allowed to stay. These are only my oppinions, but generally speaking, my oppinion has always been a mirrored oppinion of the majority as I think the same as the majority of citizens here in the US. I wish Mr. Cardenas and his family success in his plight to stay in the U.S.

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