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Deporting Love: A Married Couple’s Journey to Stay in the United States

On November 28, 2005, Enrique Gonzalez walked across the border to pursue a safe and prosperous life in the U.S. Afraid of gang recruitment in El Salvador and seeking to escape to a safe place with opportunities to work to help himself and his family, after two days of processing and detention, he was taken (by immigration officials) to a Texas bus station where he was left to find his way in what would become his new home, the United States of America. Thirteen years later, with a U.S. Immigration approved marriage to a citizen, Enrique is being deported.

In the January 2017 Executive Order, Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States, the Trump administration laid out a much wider dragnet authorizing and empowering ICE in the deportation of undocumented.  Unlike the discretion of the Obama Administration, as evidenced in the 2011 Memo, which exercised a great deal of flexibility the Trump Administration's laser-sharp focus is on the numbers! Every undocumented …

Inspiration: Embracing Change

Embracing Change

Accepting change is one of the most challenging aspects of being human. We get set in our ways, we get used to our daily patterns, and we sometimes rest in our common routines.  Sometimes change is gradual and may be easy to adopt. Other times, changes we may choose can take a long time to pan out, as in the case of pursuing education, changing jobs, or moving. And sometimes, as in the case with Enrique and I - change that has happened too us will seem quite sudden.  It is during these times - the unexpected change - that I pull on every resource I can find to stay focused and motivated not only to accept the change, but to embrace and be open to the new opportunities ahead.  While there is much frustration and many emotions running through our minds as we contemplate the mere fact we're being deported, deep within there is also a sense of excitement and wonder for what life may have in store for us next. Enrique calls this, "our next adventure."