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Parents deported without their children

January 11, 2007

In our effort this week to raise awareness about the real issues that illegal immigrants face, here are a couple of stories of families who find themselves in the middle of a deteriotating economy at their home countries that obliges them to leave to feed their families and the enforcement approach of the country where they wanted to fulfill a dream.

Family Troubles
Boston Globe (through CommonDreams.org)

Randa Tawadros watches her 2-year-old son grow thinner. He refuses to eat and has lost three pounds, dropping down to 26 pounds. ”He looks like a kid from one of the commercials for `feed the hungry,”’ Tawadros said. Her 7-month-old daughter cries all the time.

At 6 p.m., like clockwork, her husband, Raouf Mankaryous used to arrive home from work and everything stopped. ”We would drop everything and all run to the door and give him hugs,” she said. But the children’s father hasn’t been home in nearly three months.

He is in prison in Cranston, R.I., with dozens of other illegal immigrants awaiting deportation. While Mankaryous, an electrical engineer, awaits an uncertain future, the bills at home are piling up. Tawadros struggles, with the help of family, to pay the mortgage on their home in Ayer. She lost the family’s health insurance. And just Tuesday another loved one – her cousin – was arrested by Immigration and Naturalization Service agents. (Read the complete story…)

Mother deported without her baby
Casa Juan Diego

Sara Rodriguez was deported last Monday to El Salvador without her baby. She, like all women in the Houston area about to be deported, was imprisoned in the Liberty County jail many miles away and without representation.

All that was needed for someone to take the child to the Salvadoran Consulate to arrange travel papers and then take her to the airport at the time of the scheduled immigration flight. Although the INS would allow someone to help, there was no one to help. By the time we learned of it, it was too late. The child was later taken to Children’s Protective Services, where she will be supported indefinitely with welfare
funds.

Source: Houston Catholic Worker, Vol. XVII, No. 3, May-June 1997

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