When a mother and a father pack up everything and head to the United States, they typically do so in search of a better life for their children and themselves. Many come from poverty and war-stricken nations and only want the opportunity to work and live in a country free from the threat of violence and other unsafe living conditions. They may not imagine that once they are in the Los Angeles area, that they would still have to live in fear, this time fear of being caught and deported. Even then, there are those that are willing to take that chance in exchange for a better life for their children.
This is the case for one family who came to the United States 12 years ago. The parents and two oldest children, ages 18 and 17, do not have documents to live here legally, but since the two youngest, ages 11 and 5 were born here, they are U.S. citizens. The father was deported, but reentered the country illegally in order to be with his family. He was caught again, taken into custody by immigration officials and threatened with deportation.
The day before he was scheduled to be deported a second time, his 18-year-old son went to an immigration forum and begged representatives to help his father. The representatives went to work and put a temporary stop to the deportation.
The man’s family may wish to speak with an immigration attorney to discuss their case and review their options. The man has been given a deadline of June 10 to appeal the deportation order.
Source: The Miami Herald, “One dad’s deportation delayed—for now—by Rep. Frederica Wilson,” Marc Caputo, May 14, 2013