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Support Father of 3 Being Deported

$12,281 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 190 people in 13 months
Created February 22, 2018
On June 12th, 2017, my father Jacques Mirachian was detained by ICE.  After almost a year of being held at various ICE detention centers, he has been deported and is currently living in Lebanon, a country he has not previously seen since he was 16 years old. He is married to my mom and has three children who depend on him; we are all American citizens. He had lived in the United States for 30 years, the entirety of his adult life. This has been the most difficult and upsetting time in all of our lives. I started this GoFundMe as an attempt to help my mother and father. The funds collected here will go towards a variety of expenses including lawyer and legal fees and living expenses for my father as he tries to create a new life for himself in Lebanon. Feel free to read our story below.


My father was brought to America in April of 1988 by family escaping the civil war in Lebanon in hopes of finding a better life in America. He went to high school in Hollywood, California. He met and married my mom here in America and they raised all three of us children here. My dad is a great man who always worked hard to provide for our family, regardless of his citizenship status. His whole life here in America had been spent growing and raising our family with my mom. He is not a criminal, he is not a bad person. As a matter of fact, he is actually the most kind, caring, and light hearted man I know. He has an infectious personality that everyone in his life gravitates towards. Anyone who knows him would tell you what a great guy he is and how he always put the needs of others in front of his. Especially his family's. He is a hard working Dad who was ripped from his life and family. The fear of losing my father due to his immigration status has been a major worry in my family for as long as I can remember. Currently, we are all trying our best to survive what is easily our family’s worst nightmare come true.

My mom has been working extremely hard to keep us all going. She has been working crazy hours to try and keep our whole family afloat. We have quickly learned that the deportation process is not a simple one and it definitely is not a cheap one either. On top of trying to maintain our lives with HALF the previous household income, my mother now has many legal fees and other expenses she has to pay due to my fathers unexpected deportation. I can see the immense psychical and mental toll this has taken on her. We are currently stretched out as thin as possible financially.

My father has been living in Lebanon for a little bit over a month now. My mother has flown out to be with him for the month while he adjusts to his new living situation. My dad is trying to create and adapt to a new life in an unfamiliar setting. This is a new chapter in all of our lives that we are still trying very hard to get used to.

We would all like to say thank you again for the great amount of love and support that has been shown by our friends, family, and community. The help we have recieved from everyone has been heart warming and overwhelming. Thank you for being on this journey with us.
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Hello to all our new campaign supporters. Thank you all so much for your recent contributions. My family and I are so thankful for all the love we have been receiving from friends and kind hearted strangers. The generosity that has been shown to us from people all around the world is so heart warming. We are also so thankful for GoFundMe for helping spread our story via their website. If possible please keep continuing to share our page with family, friends, and loved ones. All families deserve to stay together. Thank you all.
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Our family is excited to share that we teamed up with GoFundMe Studios to create a short documentary about our family's journey. Please take a moment to watch our story and continue to spread the word about our campaign. We appreciate all of the continued love and support.
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Hello to all of our amazing GFM supporters. Great news! I'm so happy to let you all know that Jacques made it to Lebanon today, April 19th. We got the call a couple of days ago letting us know that his departure was finally happening. Since then it has been a whirlwind but I'm happy to share with you all that he has safely landed in Lebanon. It is such a relief and weight off of our shoulders having him be free and not under ICE captivity. We have been able to speak to him through his personal cell phone for the first time in months. He is in good spirits and happy to be out. As he settles in the next couple of weeks, I will be sure to get personal updates from him to share with you guys! This major event closes one chapter of this journey, but opens another. This story is far from over. Now we start working to bring our Dad home to us. In the meantime he will be settling down in Lebanon. He is looking for a place to live, work, and restart his life until he can come back home to us. Your donations are helping him while he looks to find work and a place to live. Thank you all for your continued support and being on this journey with us. More exciting updates to come as we have them.
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I was informed today that GoFundMe selected us to receive a $1,000 donation on their behalf as apart of their “GoFundMe Gives Back” program. We are so happy and grateful that GoFundMe read our family’s story and took it upon themselves to help us out as we try to reach our goal. Our campaign’s main goal is to raise money for my father as he goes through the deportation process, but I’m glad it has also helped to educate and raise awareness about the unjust deportation of immigrants that is currently happening in our country. Many people don’t even realize that this horrible thing is happening to families in their own communities. Thank you GoFundMe for allowing us to bring attention to it.

As an update regarding my dad, his deportation has been set for the week of April 9th-15th. We do not have an exact date but would appreciate your continued support leading up to then. Thank you all for sharing our story, we are so thankful.
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Raised by 190 people in 13 months
Created February 22, 2018
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