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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 …

City County Councilman - Zach Adamson - Recognizes Neighborhood, Partners, and Harlon Wilson and Enrique Gonzalez for Civic Engagement

The City County Council of Indianapolis, has recognized the My Christian Park Neighborhood Association, its founding President, area residents and pending deportees - Harlon J. Wilson and his husband, Luis Enrique Gonzalez-Ortiz, event partners Gabriel Harley and Perfect Mix Studios and Cathy Morris and Arts with A Purpose, for their work to support immigration reform. The first of many efforts to support area residents, the My Christian Park Neighborhood Association founding board members voted to stand up for immigration reform by sponsoring the "What About Us? Peaceful Resistance Rally" that took place on July 15, 2018. Described as "a valiant example of civic engagement," Indianapolis City County Council Vice President, Zach Adamson recognized the group for taking a stand for immigration reform. 

On behalf the My Christian Park Neighborhood Association, rally coordinators and partners, and the many immigrant families facing the painfully unjust separations and deportations being executed by the Trump Administration's deportation force, Harlon & Enrique extend a great deal of gratitude and thanks to Councilman Adamson for his acknowledgement of the very real challenges our nation faces on immigration and for his on-going and continued support! 

Seeking human-centered reformation of American immigration laws, Mr. Harlon J. Wilson and Mr. Enrique Gonzalez sincerely appreciate the recognition of the council.