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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 …

Harlon J. Wilson & Enrique Gonzalez Kick Off The "What About Us? Peaceful Resistance Rally"

When Enrique and I talk to people about our battle with deportation, three common themes emerge:
  1. People who think a marriage to a U.S. Citizen means undocumented immigrations are home free. 
  2. People whose ridged and blatant discriminatory stance insists, "...the law is the law."
  3. People who (whether empowered [such as politicians] or not) suggests,"...there's nothing I can do."
Frustrated by this and the continuation of family separations across America and the day-by-day worsening of immigration rules set forth by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Enrique and I decided enough was enough. So, together we set out not only to fight the battle of misinformation and political one-ups-manship that is quite literally destroying people's lives but we also wanted to set a tone of welcome and kindness to celebrate American immigrants, while also forging pathways for dialog. 
The following is just the beginning of our rally call! We must all be concerned about the inhumane emotional terrorism that is not only frightening families across the nation but that which has also resulted in tens of thousands of deportations and family separations.

Someone once said, "if you see something, say something." We see grave injustice unleashed across the nation. We are rising up to stop the xenophobic white-washing of America! We hope you'll join us in our fight.

What You CAN Do?

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  3. Be kind and welcoming to the immigrants in your community.
  4. Communicate! Host front porch or kitchen table conversations about the very real tragedy that is immigration. Listen with empathy and speak with the intent to discover human-centered solutions for American immigration.
  5. Get to know your lawmaker's stance on immigration issues and then vote! Vote with your conscience, vote for humanity (not against it), and vote with compassion!