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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 …

NEWS: Trumps's Zero-Tolerance Leads to U. S. Veteran Wife & Family's Deportation

Once more - a disgraceful deportation has occurred. Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy has resulted in the deportation of the wife of a veteran who has served to protect our country.  After more than two decades living in the country, paying U.S. income taxes, with a marriage to a U.S. citizen veteran, this wife and mother have been unjustly forced to leave the nation! This is precisely the type of case that all U.S. Citizens should be enraged over. 

The United States government has promised millions of individuals risking their lives in the United States military would also result in improved pathways to legalization. Trump seeks to break this decades-long promise.

This case differ slightly from our case only in that the wife left the country and returned  illegally twice (her only "crime"). Undocumented individuals who leave the nation and later re-enter without appropriate documents are a greater target of the administration's inhumane zero-tolerance policies merely for crossing the border more than once. And yet, being married to a U.S. citizen who is active in the military and has served the country, paying taxes, and doing the best they can to demonstrate, not only "good moral character" (promoted in U.S. tax code as a consideration for legalization), but are also positively contributing to the nation with the highest sacrifice of all - risking the husband's life - was not enough to protect this family from the Trump/Sessions dragnet.

There are millions of unproductive, radical, criminal, tax-evading and Russian colluding citizens who are more deserving of being torn apart from their family and communities than this military family.  The White House and the administration's proponents to name a few. Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Donald Trump Jr., and President Donald J. Trump himself are all more "criminal elements" or "bad hombres" than most of the deported families. We can only assume (given their known offenses, character, and [the Donald's] refusal to make good on the promise to show tax records) are more criminal than this veteran family. The current administration is riddled with raping, lying, tax-evading, colluding, inducing, seducing, domestic terrorists who are by far more deserving of worse penalties than deportation (What's that you say? "Lock him up?"). 

The U.S. Government must stop carrying forth these heinous deportations (crimes against humanity.  Human-centered immigration reform must be brought forth that includes amnesty for individuals once enabled and empowered to be present. Veteran families must be recognized, loved, and held up in the highest of standards by creating pathways for legalization that includes amnesty for military spouses who have been in the nation (without Felonies) pre-Trump. 

This administration is unconscionable! This is unjust! This is white-collar ethnic cleansing that must be stopped!