[The statement below is quoted in full from National Justice for Our Neighbors.]
Please see this video and story from The Intercept about Austin JFON legal director Virginia Raymond‘s efforts to help a mother seek asylum and reunite with her five-year-old son. Mother and child had been forcibly separated at the border.
This is one of the first known parent and child reunions since the Trump administration rolled out its “zero tolerance” policy in April.
Delia and her son are two of the lucky ones. “As happy as I am for this family,” says Virginia, “I am heartbroken for the others.”
David and Blanca met the summer they were both 15. His family spent the summer in Mexico in the town where Blanca lived. It was an ideal summer romance, complete with walks on the beach and horseback riding in the mountains. They stayed in touch for a short while, but life took them in other directions.
Blanca married and had two children, living an upper-middle-class life in Mexico. Meanwhile David joined the US Army. He served with distinction, including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, retiring due to medical issues in 2007. David laughs when he talks about the aimless years after the Army, when he lived wherever he could find the best surfing. His drifting led him to Mexico, where friends re-introduced him to Blanca, now divorced with two children. Their teenage summer romance rekindled!
After David moved to Dallas he and Blanca continued their now-long-distance romance for three years. On Valentine’s Day 2016 David surprised Blanca by proposing. JFON became a part of this love story when David asked for help petitioning for his new wife and step-children to receive their green cards. After large amounts of paperwork, it is a pleasure to report that David and Blanca will be going to the United States Customs and Immigration Service for their interview any day now. They will have no trouble proving the validity of their marriage, with a courtship that began so long ago. Happy Valentine’s Day!
“Members of Humboldt Park United Methodist Church in Chicago joined in an ecumenical Las Posadas procession. The re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for safe lodging carries special resonance for at least one family at the church.”
Join us on Sunday, October 22nd from 4-7 p.m. at the Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora for our 6th Annual NIJFON fundraiser. Help us honor this year’s Champions for Justice Awardees: the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and immigration attorney/JFON board member Sara Dady and celebrate JFON’s work from the last year.
Sunday, Oct. 22
4 – 7 pm
Two Brothers Roundhouse
205 N Broadway Ave
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