The stars of Little People, Big World have had an exciting year — two baby announcements, an engagement, and even book deals — but the famous reality TV family also endured a painful breakup, so-to-speak, with one of their beloved employees. In November, fans who tuned in to the season premiere watched as they said goodbye to Camerino Gonzalez Sanchez, a worker on their Oregon farm who was deported back to his native Mexico.

At the time, Amy Roloff said through tears, “I’ll never understand it.” However, what the Roloffs didn’t reveal during the episode was that the 45-year-old was convicted of cocaine possession, driving under the influence of intoxicants, and reckless driving — according to Oregon court documents. At the time of the crash, authorities allegedly discovered the cocaine.

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A petition to save their “family” member hoped to reach 40,000 signatures to keep him from being deported but came up just short at 35,397. The text for the petition states, “Camerino came to the United States from Mexico 24 years ago as a young man looking for a better life. He’s since been deported after being falsely convicted of a nonviolent crime…” Matt Roloff, who wrote the petition, continued, “Camerino was hired by Roloff Family Farms and was essentially adopted by the Roloff family. He became primary caretaker for this unique, well-known family that is affected by dwarfism (our story is told in the hit TLC show Little People, Big World). Camerino essentially became my arms and legs, as I walk on crutches. Camerino has been gainfully employed for 17 years in this position. During that time he raised his two young girls — both US citizens and honor students.”

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Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to keep the father-of-two in the country, and fans are just as upset as the Roloff’s. At the time, people took to Twitter to vent their frustrations. One person wrote, “I’m bawling on this part. Why deport someone who isn’t causing trouble but keep the ones that are? Such a sad time!!!” Another added, “Please tell me Camerino is back at Roloff Farms where he belongs?!” The 45-year-old lost his appeal in July 2015 and has since returned to Mexico.

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