Last March my husband Jaime was deported back to Mexico City. This is the second time he has been deported back to Mexico since he first entered the US in 1998.
My children have not seen their father in eight months, and only get to see him when we visit him in Mexico.
Jaime was an upstanding citizen, he paid his taxes and was an active member in the community. He doesn’t have a criminal record. He obviously has ties to an American family.
I used to be a stay at home mom and spend every day with my four children. However, since my husband was deported I have had to take two jobs, one as a receptionist during the day, and a nurse at night. This leaves about an hour that I get to spend with my children.
Every day they get worried that I will not come home, because that is exactly what happened with their father. Most kids ask for toys, but all my kids want is for their father to come home. There’s no guarantee that he’ll ever be able to come home again. He has a 10-year bar- so for ten years there’s nothing we can do.
All I can do is hope that eventually there will be a resolution on broad-based immigration reform so I can be a family again. I want to see a path to citizenship. I want to see fairness and equality for immigrant workers. But the number one thing I want it keeping families together!
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