Nearly 66,000 people have signed a petition opposing the deportation of a man with Down's syndrome to Beirut, where his family say he would face abuse.
Wadih Chouery has lived in the UK for 17 years and is a popular figure in Isleworth, where he helps out at his brothers' cafe Joseph's Patisserie, in Shrewsbury Walk, South Street.
But the Home Office is trying to send the 44-year-old, of Twickenham, back to his native Lebanon, having successfully appealed against a court ruling in his favour.
An online petition calling on home secretary Theresa May to allow Mr Chouery, both of whose parents are dead, to remain in the UK had 65,645 signatures as of 6pm today.
Wadih's older brother Camil, who claims his sibling was abused when he lived in Beirut by criminal gangs taking advantage of his learning difficulties, has also started a paper petition.
"We knew how popular Wadih is but the reaction from the community is more than we expected. Everybody is telling us how shocked they are and how unfair this is," he told getwestlondon.
Among those to have taken up Wadih's cause are members of the Old Isleworth Four Roads Residents' Association and Twickenham MP Vince Cable, who has labelled the Home Office's actions 'disgraceful'.
You can sign the online petition to prevent Mr Chouery's deportation here.