Sunday, February 11, 2018

The woes of the deported illegal immigrants

I was reading a long article who has been recently deported to his Native Mexico leaving behind his American wife and American born kids in the U.S. He was reportedly brought here illegally when he was only 10 and never went back to his native Mexico and his parents never did establish any contact with their relatives there. He stayed here, got education and married and had kids and had a successful business but he was here illegally. Despite the best efforts of this family and others in the community he was deported to this native Mexico where he lives with his aunt where he feels like an alien since he had no contact with this native land. His family is trying to arrange for him to come back but it will take at least 18 months before he would be interviewed by the U.S. Embassy. On the face of it, it seems like a heart breaking story about a person who has not committed a crime but was illegally smuggled to the U.S. when he was only 10.
But here is the rub that this parents or whoever brought him to the United States turned their backs on their native and never instilled any kind of contact with his relatives in Mexico which is strange in itself as with the new technology nowadays, he could have been contact with some of his relatives in Mexico via many apps. Family does not only mean his wife and kids, it means his relatives too. I can understand that when he was little he did not know, but after gaining adulthood, he could have reached out to his relatives in Mexico (maybe he did or did not) so that he would have felt a little bit connected to his Native land or the place where his ancestry came from. I can feel the pain that his family is now in but my advice is to keep in touch with your extended family wherever they are because in the end a family is a family even if they are not physically near you.
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