“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best.”
“Some are good and some are rapists and some are killers. We don’t even know what we’re getting.”
It’s easy to assume the President of the United States of America Donald Trump doesn’t like Mexicans. He’s threatened to build a wall “to keep the illegals out”.
For most of us, these remarks are cause for another eye-roll. We might talk about them with friends over dinner tables and with colleagues in the lunch room. They have no impact on our lives, other than the way we think about America; it’s President; and the events likely to follow.
We are the lucky ones.
For others, these comments strike a place that is all-too real.
They are the children of the ‘illegals’. Their families. The ‘illegals’ themselves, even.
As we are discussing Trump’s vitriol, they are living it. Here’s one story of a family’s survival after a mother of four was deported from the US in 2010.
It was uncovered by California Sunday and now, more than ever, it’s a story happening everywhere.
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It was a hot afternoon in Pheonix, Arizona, and school had closed for the day. Angel Marin, 10 and his 14-year-old sister Yesi were walking home when they met their cousin on the street. It was clear something was wrong.
Their mother Gloria had been arrested without warning. The trailer they lived in was a mess of upturned furniture and their mum’s clothes strewn across the floor.
They stood there – with their two other sisters, Evelyn, 15, and Briza, seven – surveying the damage. They vowed not to tell anyone.
Their mother, a woman without a visa, had been working with a man who’d been discovered by police to be helping other illegal immigrants. She was arrested as an accomplice and faced deportation.
The kids had no warning. “Nobody told us anything,” Yesi told California Sunday. “Why would they do this?” Briza added.