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Coco

Pescadero, CA

I am a U.S. citizen. My husband came to the U.S. from Mexico when he was 17 to have a better future. He is an only child. I met him when he was 20. We have 3 children. They are 10, 9, and 7. It is hard thinking that one day he will have to go back to Mexico. In the time he has been here his mother had a stroke when he was 19. She passed away in the year 2001 on my birthday. He was 24. His dad is 74 years old. Four years ago we paid a person who told us that it was possible for him to become legal in the U.S. without leaving the country, that Immigration did not want any more families to separate because there have been too many families already apart. That he was going to be able to stay. $2,000, and we have never received anything saying any news. It is scary. I felt I had to lie once in a small car accident to protect him and my family. My children ask with tears in their eyes, “Is daddy going to have to be sent to Mexico if Obama is not president?” Even writing this makes me scared because I hope it will help, but what if I make things worse? So I know the feeling. It is not just me. In every corner, all over, we look normal but we are scared. I know that because we are “illegal” we all get judged. We have a bad reputation. But we all deserve a chance. Our life is here. What would we do somewhere else? I think amnesty would even help the California budget because the state would be able to get money from drivers licenses, insurance, even the paperwork to become legal. It is also scary thinking what will happen when his dad passes away and he will have to go to Mexico for his funeral. Under current rules, to see his father he risks losing his family. Even with his confidence, telling me he will be back, I would support even if my heart is broken with his decision knowing he might not come home.

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