The Eddyto Family Photo:Skyler Edwards/Pekin Times

Local Family Fights to Stay Together

While US immigration is a hot topic in many circles, there are few who would have any qualms with a hard-working, taxpaying, law-abiding immigrant who fled his country to save his life becoming a US citizen.

Unfortunately for Eddy Eddyto and his family, it is the US government that is keeping this from happening. Even worse, they have decided that barring a miracle, this married father of two little girls will be deported on August 21st.

When Eddy Eddyto fled Indonesia and sought asylum in the United States 12 years ago, he had no idea what the future held for him. He was sure that America was where he wanted that future to be.

Knowing that he could be sent back if he didn't follow the U.S. Immigration laws to the letter, he hired an agency in Virginia who worked specifically with Indonesian immigrants. Unfortunately, the lawyers were not as interested in helping immigrants as they claimed. They gave Eddyto bad advice, which caused his case to be closed. The firm was indicted on several counts of fraud for their actions and Eddyto's lawyer is now in prison for his crimes.

Although U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Peoria, and U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Chicago, made pleas to the Department of Homeland Security on the Eddyto family's behalf, the case has still not been reopened.

Eddyto's wife Cheri (Tate) Eddyto, continues to fight for her husband through Facebook pleas, letter-writing campaigns and even a video plea from the couple's four-year-old daughter to "Please keep Daddy here."

Due to the dangers in Indonesia for Christians and foreigners, Eddyto has made it clear that he will not be taking his wife and daughters with him if he is told to pack his bags on August 21st.

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marie hyde stamper says ... on Wednesday, Aug 8 at 9:44 PM

This is not fair ...I work with eddy at Wal-mart ...he is a very nice guy...just trying to.make a life for his wife and children ...why send him back.when you have others that are here living on welfare and not working ...leave them alone...

Julie says ... on Wednesday, Aug 8 at 10:06 PM

Have him turn states' evidence against the fraudulent company, and let him stay as a working man, to support his family. After all, drug dealers and such go out on the streets, and this will leave this man's children. For religious reasons, let sta

Anonymous says ... on Thursday, Aug 9 at 3:54 PM

Sarah I think its unfair to send a hard working father of 2 back to his country, when you have people over her illegally not working causing trouble and you don't send them back. My thoughts and prayers are with this family!

debbie says ... on Tuesday, Aug 14 at 10:01 PM

It is rediculous the laws in this country. It seems like criminals have more rights n freedom. I know this family and our legal system has failed again. I hope our government pays him back all the taxes he paid. Seems only fair.

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