From the Charlotte (NC) Observer:
In the five months since immigration agents knocked on her door, Norma Villeda has sold her home and furnishings and shuttered her husband’s business. She now sleeps in the living room of her sister-in-law’s trailer, what’s left of her possessions packed into three suitcases.
But the biggest loss has yet to come.
When she is returns to her native Mexico at the end of this month, at the order of U.S. immigration officials, she will leave behind her daughter, Nancy, a U.S.-born high school senior who aspires to go to college.
Jacqueline Stevens writes in her blog ‘States Without Nations’ about Johann Francis: Ten years after being illegally banished from his country, U.S. citizen Johann Francis was reunited with his mother and two sisters in an Atlanta airport early Sunday morning. (For background, please go here.)
Joshua Hoyt, the executive director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, as quoted by the Chicago News Cooperative in “Deportation’s Brief Adios and Prolonged Anguish”.
Nearly every Friday for three and a half years, two Chicago nuns have led a vigil at the place where undocumented immigrants are processed before being deported.
American Citizen Faced Deportation: Eduardo Caraballo spent the weekend in jail and faced deportation on suspicion he is in the country illegally said what happened to him illustrates the need for America to change the way it deals with immigration. Read more here.
Day after cruel day passes, and desperation begins to take hold of the human spirit. David reports to me that his marriage has ended as a result of his deportation, as there is little hope that he could safely return, and his 3-year-old daughter has more of a future as a citizen in the U.S. It appears as though there is nothing more messy, complex, or heart-wrenching than the malicious tearing apart of families and lives.
… I am convinced that God’s good vision is for us to be the church by living as one, free of barriers and in compassionate abundance. But I ask your prayers for those who are beaten down and need that strength and hope now more than ever, and prayer for all of us, complicit in these deportations.
Maryada Vallet writes in “Deportations that Destroy the Human Spirit” for God’s Politics. Vallet works with No More Deaths, a humanitarian initiative on the U.S.-Mexico border that promotes faith-based principles for immigration reform.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez was arrested along with other immigrant rights advocates outside the White House on Wednesday while protesting the Obama administration’s refusal to exert its administrative authority to grant sympathetic immigrants relief from its deportation policies. via Colorlines
Rev. Troy Jackson is the Senior Pastor at University Christian Church in Cincinnati Ohio. When a recent high school graduate and star athlete was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the fall of 2010, the residents of the small town of Reading, Ohio came together to take a stand for justice. This is the story of what happens when ordinary people do extraordinary things: bernards-story.com
via @KPCC: Immigration attorneys make decisions that change the lives of their clients when the reality of residence hits the legal wall.
Attorneys Brigit Alvarez and Alma Rosa Nieto. Video by Julie Platner
via Colorlines: Seth Wessler Talks Deportation and Shattered Families
“The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann” invited Colorlines.com reporter Seth Freed Wessler to discuss the Shattered Families report: “Children are being ripped from the arms of their parents at an alarming rate today in America. 5,000 American children are in foster care today because their parents have been deported. So is this really what Americans want when they call for greater enforcement of our borders? Or has something gone terribly wrong with immigration enforcement?”
When just 16-years-old, Jasmine was forced to fend for herself when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) targeted her undocumented parents. Going to high school during the day and working at night, she couldn’t make ends meet and suffered extreme poverty and oppressive loneliness. When a local United Methodist congregation discovered her plight, they responded with love, acceptance and support; Jasmine, in turn, dedicated herself to giving back to the community. This is a story that illustrates the brokenness of the current immigration system and the need for people of faith to respond. For more information: http://RethinkChurch.org/Immigration/