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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 …

Immigrants Pay for Grandma While the Nation Presses for Deportation

My husband Enrique Gonzalez and millions of others like him who have been in the U.S. for decades and whom the government assigned a U.S. tax I.D. and... who followed the U.S. tax code which suggests immigrants (including the undocumented) who pay into the U.S. tax coffers would be demonstrating "good moral character" and a willingness to adopt our cultural norms, are being robbed!

Let me put this into perspective for you. My husband has worked for more than a decade getting paid shitty wages while being taken advantage of by "the man" (white men who owned or managed a machine shop, as well as white real estate investors who use to hire him for home remodeling services but pay him shitty pay). The IRS taxed him while enticing he and others with false promises that payment into the system they can not benefit from, will be taken into consideration when immigrants apply for a green card or other forms of legalization in the states.

Enrique, and millions of other immigrants like him, worked two jobs for low pay, paid taxes, filed annual income tax returns, sent money home to help his mom and sister, and all the while the Gov't, while it was conveniently on the receiving end of the money, looked the other way. A clear-cut case of aiding and abetting, the United States government is complicit in the "crimes" the "illegals" have supposedly committed while following instructions given.

Worse still, even if Social Security would still exist to his retirement age, he and the millions of other Latins being robbed by the system, are NOT accruing credit for contributing into the U.S. social system, the money of which is currently supporting the millions of U.S. citizens who receive social security income. Paradoxically - many of the benefactors- the very individuals who proudly support Trump while outcasting Latinos, have turned their backs on Latinos in America all the while supporting Trump's barbaric call for a wall, family separations, and inhumane deportation policies.

With fangs protruding, many-a-white retired or disabled folks who enjoy roofs over their heads, warm meals, and a free and (pseudo) safe society to live in -- benefit from a lifestyle paid for on the backs of the Latinos who suffer hard labor with low wages, inhumane discrimination, unjust criminalization in the court of public opinion, and uncivilized hate rhetoric that is so commonplace in today's society. Thanks to the white, wealthy, Christian, Republican, lying, egotistical, male, bigot (Trump) who has unleashed hate towards "bad hombres" from "shithole countries," the conscious of many in America is of hate for anyone from south of the border. And yet, these are the very people who are keeping the social security system solvent. Where is the justice?

The facts are, immigrants are paying for social services while the silver tsunami of baby boomers who are moving into retirement age at unprecedented rates is draining the system. All the while, immigrants (undocumented too) who are footing mom's, dad's, and grandma's bill, are being treated with such deplorable conditions!

LatinX immigrants among us - the loving, beautiful, family-centered, hardest-working-people-you'll ever meet - are being systematically robbed, raped, and pillaged by the white collar criminals that are our politicians and citizens who continue to support the policies of this administration. As the disabled and retired enjoy their payday, Latinos are living in pain, fear, and in some cases face the risk of their family being separated and/or loved ones being deported. While Latinos pay into the system and are prohibited from receiving the benefit, the American Social Security system continues to survive on the dollars contributed by the very same individuals so many want to see forced from the nation. White collar political crimes against humanity- allowed to continue on the backs of those who have been silenced to the benefit of the oppressors! Wake up America! Is there no justice?

Immigrants Taxes Help Save the Social Security System