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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 …

NEWS: Costa Rica Votes for Equality

As we consider our future home, one of the main questions on our mind is - "Will our marriage be recognized in other Latin countries?" With timing on our side, a unique synchronicity, Costa Rica's latest presidential elections was largely a line in the sand on precisely this issue. A mostly Catholic culture with deep conservative values did not stop Costa Ricans from choosing the more humanitarian approach in their vote for equality. If we choose to move to Costa Riaca, our marriage will be recognized thus affording us the same benefits of heterosexual married couples.  This moves Costa Rica to the top of our list of possible future homes.

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READ THE STORY: Costa Rica: Carlos Alavarado wins presidency in vote fought on gay rights

In January, the inter-American Court of Human Rights (A governing body similar to the United Nations) ruled that Latin nations must recognize gay marriage. Conservatives have fought to prevent the adoption of this ruling while others have moved to accept and implement. Perhaps by our September expatriation date, the various Central American Latin countries will have proceeded adoption of this ruling and like the US and other nations that already have, will begin to see the non-issue this really makes in everyday society. If anything, it is the promotion of LOVE! How can this be wrong?

Congratulations our Costa Rican brothers and sisters. Equality for all people can be the only right way of the future. Viva Costa Rica!

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