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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 …


What About Civil Rights? 

Finally a positive note, however small, the United States Commission on Civil RIghts calls out the Trump Administration for inhumane treatment of immigrants seeking asylum. Is it not, the same is true for our case - an EL Salvadoran, married to a U.S. Citizen, with an immigration approved marriage? The commission's note is a step in the right direction...

 "...the Commission once again has grave concerns about the fair administration of justice due to coercive tactics and lack of due process afforded to these families. Reportedly families seeking refuge are separated and children are shuffled into detention centers in what one judge stated was “if true . . . . brutal, offensive, and fails to comport with traditional notions of fair play and decency.”3 The policies can coerce parents into withdrawing what may be valid asylum applications or otherwise impairing their immigration proceedings, for fear of what may be happening to their children.4 The Commission’s concerns are exacerbated by the apparent animus directed at Mexican and Central American immigrants by the Administration, 5 giving rise to questions of unwarranted discrimination on the basis of national origin."