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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 …


While there is much work still to be done, we won't rest until the threat of deportation is gone and we have received a green card. That said, as a voice for the voiceless who are facing family separations and deportations, we will continue to rise up.  But, in our doing, we must keep an eye steadfast on love, peace, and unity. All we ask for is what we hope to give. Let us govern ourselves accordingly on the dawn of our peaceful resistance rally this weekend. ~Harlon & Enrique

Watch out
I'm not afraid
Watch out
I'm beyond the dread

It's time to turn the page and love again

Watch out
I can feel your pain
Watch out
In a crying game
I'm leaving all my shadows behind