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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 …

MUSIC: Indy's Perfect Mix Studios Sponsors the Gabriel Harley Band at "What About Us? A Peaceful Resistance Rally for Immigration Reform"

I have lived in Indy the majority of my life. Soon to be 50 years of age, thats a long time! In all that time, some friends come and some friends go and then there's other people whose paths we cross that simply become family. Gabriel Harley, his entire family, and his beautiful wife Dr. Corinne Renguette, are more than "BFF's" for Enrique and I. They are our family!

When it comes to tearing families apart with unjust deportations such as the fight we're all about today, many hearts are broken. For more than a decade (maybe two) we have made so many memories together. Gabe's mom, Ellen Harley and his dad, Zane Harley have graced our many parties over the years with fireside strumming, and incredible family love as music and compassion are simply a part of who they are. Gabriel Harley ooooozes music - the vibe of which can change the world! We're glad to have adopted he and his family as BFF, sisters, brothers, mom, and dad to Enrique and I.

We are honored to have the incredible Gabriel Harley Band to take the stage at "What About Us? A Peaceful Resistance Rally for Immigration Reform." It will be hot on Sunday so bring a pop up tent for you and invite a neighbor, wear lots of sunscreen, dress cool and cozy, don't forget your cooler, folding chair, and an open mind to take part in this truly historic event.

Sunday, July 15th, Irvingington Branch Library - 5625 E Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46219.
We're changing the world for the better!