Deportation works to break family apart in Tampa

05/02/14 Robert Lorei
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Tags: Wendy Hernandez, Amado Hernandez, Deportation, immigration

Today Radioactivity covers a story of family struggling to stay together because of the repercussions of deportation. Wendy Hernandez shares the diffuclut dilemma her family is facing.

In July 2012, Wendy's Husband, Amado Hernandez was detained for driving without a license. Despite being a low priority case, and despite the extreme hardship his family would face without him, Amado was snatched away from his family and deported him in 2013. Doing what any good father would do, he returned to support his family.

Amado Hernandez came to the United States when he was just 17 years old. He was detained upon arrival, released, and soon thereafter, was granted a work permit. Because he was a minor at the time, Amado was not the recipient of a notice to appear in court that was issued in his name. When his court date came without his knowledge, he was ordered deported in absentia. Never being told about his day in court, Amado moved on with his life. He married his childhood sweetheart, Wendy, a legal permanent resident, with whom he has been for nearly ten years. Amado and Wendy are the proud parents of a US citizen baby girl, Gianella, who depends on him for emotional and financial support.

Amado has never committed any crime during his life in the United States; he has been an upstanding member of his community, involved in community sports and been a star player in several local soccer teams.

Wendy will not be able to subsist without him much longer, placing Gianella's well-being in jeopardy. Amado's life was in danger in Honduras; he was tipped off that a contract was placed on him, so he escaped. The Bradenton community is rallying around Amado and his family to ask that discretion is granted in this case and calling upon Senators Nelson and Rubio to step in and aid in reuniting this family.

There is a rally today, Friday May 2, 2014, 7 P.M. at Iglesia de Dios Pentecostes,1100 44th Ave E., Bradenton, FL 34208

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