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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: Risking It All For A Better Life

Risking It All For A Better Life


Why is it okay to demonize a woman and her children who are risking their lives to escape danger by coming to the U.S..? Moreover, why are humans harming, robbing, or worse; killing - other humans? Why are so many risking it all to journey north and yet, we're being forced into the southern nations where safety, poverty, and survival are the common conditions of the land?  Where is the justice in Gabriela's case, the many like her who are simply humans attempting to survive? And too, where is there justice for Enrique's case - a man who came here at 19 and has done everything this country has asked of him - and more than many of this country's own citizens even try to do? Where is there justice in forcing anyone into harm's way - let alone - a positive asset to the society who is now married to a U.S. citizen. How could this be? For Gabriela and the many like her, and for ourselves, we wish we could do more to solve this inhumane suffering. Ideas are welcome!

Why couldn't an American family - if they so choose to - adopt and/or sponsor families like Gabriela and her boys?

Laws must change! We need a human-centered approach to immigration reform in the United States! We need it now.