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Brandon Randolph Michael

Brandon Randolph Michael

Brandon Randolph Michael was born on May 7, 1986 in Norfolk, Virginia to a Naval career family, Parents Robert & Kiyan Michael, Older Brother B.J, and younger sister Keilah Michael.

Brandon loved animals, both and wild and domesticated. Brandon knew no enemies. He had a sincere heart of giving and caring. Even as a young child, Brandon’s desire was to feed the hungry and would ask to give clothes out of his closet to the needy. He served as a page to Jacksonville’s city council, and in his local church as well as a life guard during the summer months. Brandon was full of life with a reassuring smile to all who knew him. Somehow, he sensed when others were hurting and made it his mission to reach out to them with his wide smile. He was an Advid Dallas Cowboy fan and Brandon loved and valued his family.

Brandon was engaged to be married but his dreams were cut short on August 15, 2007. While on his way to the bank during his lunch break, Brandon was hit by a twice deported illegal alien, causing his car to flip, killing him. The illegal alien, Mario Tellez, had been stopped by local law enforcement several months prior and was just given a fine for driving without a drivers license and released. After hitting our son, the illegal alien got out of his car and watched Brandon take his last breaths. The illegal refused to admit he was driving, (although he was the only person in the vehicle), causing the state of Florida to have to prove he was behind the wheel. Now, our family not only had to deal with the sudden lose of our middle child, we also had to endure a lengthy trail. After the illegal was identified by an enforcement officer that had been on the scene, he was sentenced to just two years and deported once again.

Brandon deserved to still be here. Because the state of Florida and our nation failed to secure Brandon’s safety by not enforcing our immigration laws and failed to enforce the laws we had, Brandon never received the justice due to him as an American citizen. As Brandon’s family, in 2017, we founded the Brandon Michael Foundation and begin to work hand and hand with Angel Families to bring much needed changes to our immigration laws and enforcement to better protect all Americans citizens. My husband Robert and I first met with law enforcement Officers in Hernando County as support to our Governors proposed 287g program. We are deligently working to meet with cities, county and state leaders and Sheriffs throughout Florida to encourage better communication and enforcement of immigration policies thereby further support 287g as well as eliminate and further prohibit sanctuary cities. We are hopeful we’re given the opportunity to travel to other states throughout the U.S. to help develop and encourage similar immigration legislation. Our family has been honored to be guest of Florida’s Govenor and First Lady DeSantis’ first state of the state address and 2019 Governor’s Black History Celebration.

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Sarah Rae Ann Root

Sarah Rae Ann Root

My name is Michelle Root, my daughter Sarah Rae Ann Root, was killed January 31st, 2016 by an illegal alien who was drunk driving (BAC .241) and street racing (70+ MPH). Sarah had just graduated (January 30th, 2016) with a 4.0 bachelor's degree in Criminal Investigations and while stopped at a stop light she was rear-ended by Edwin (Eswin) Mejia, a 19-year-old Illegal Honduran, who came to this country illegally and unaccompanied at age 16. He had several priors, failure to appear, driving the wrong way down a one-way street, no driver's license, child endangerment and no proof of insurance. His bond was set at $50,000 and he posted $5,000 on February 5th, 2016 and hasn't been seen since.

Sarah was a 21-year-old with her whole life ahead of her, she was full of life and was so excited to start the next chapter in her life. She is loved and missed dearly by her friends and family.

No matter how hard I fight it will never bring my beautiful daughter back but I will continue to fight so people can be educated on our Immigration Policies, the devastation that is caused by not following our Immigration Laws, to honor my daughter and to help others that have gone through this preventable tragedy.

Michelle Root - Founder of Angel Families

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Sgt. Brandon Mendoza

Sgt. Brandon Mendoza

My son, Sgt. Brandon Mendoza of the Mesa, AZ police department was killed on May 12, 2014, in a violent head-on collision on his way home from work. He was killed by a repeat illegal criminal who had driven over 35 miles the wrong way on four different freeways before slamming head-on into my son’s vehicle on a blind curved transition ramp. This illegal alien was high on meth and blood alcohol over 3X the legal limit. Brandon was a fun loving, incredible man/son/brother/uncle/grandson along with being an amazing police officer who took pride in his job and creating a stronger community. My fight has always been about honoring my son and also about getting our politicians on board with the fight to uphold immigration laws and to put Americans first.

I spoke at numerous Trump rallies in Phoenix, AZ during the 2016 campaign, was a speaker at the Republican National Convention in July 2016, was a guest on the Hannity Town Hall in Austin Texas in August 2016 and spoke at the Trump rally afterward. I  attended several of the debates between Trump and Clinton, was a guest speaker at the CNN Town Hall with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in January 2017, attended the inauguration of President Trump and was invited by President Trump to witness him signing the Immigration Executive Orders at Department of Homeland Security in January 2017. I was also present at Sec Kelly announcement of the VOICE Office in Washington DC on April 26, 2017. I was invited to a Round Table discussion at the White House regarding Sanctuary Policies on March 20, 2018. I was also invited to the White House in June 2018 to talk to President Trump on the Permanent Separation from our children at the hands of illegal alien criminals in our country. I attended the press conference afterward and was able to speak on this issue. I have been a guest on numerous Fox News shows telling my sons story and pleading with our elected officials to protect Americans first and foremost.

Mary Ann Mendoza - Founder of Angel Families

Mary Ann’s fight has always been about honoring her son and also about getting our politicians on board with the fight to uphold immigration laws and to put Americans first.

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