"We are dead in life": the sad letter to the Americans of 54 migrant parents separated from their children
Dozens of immigrants held in a Texas detention center, mostly mothers, wrote an open letter to the people of the United States asking them to help them get together as soon as possible with their children.
Fifty of the fathers and mothers arrested in the detention center of Port Isabel, Texas, signed on Sunday an open letter to the American people asking them to help them get together as soon as possible with their children, separated from them shortly after entering United States illegally.
"We are desperate mothers, we are not criminals, but we do need your help," begins the handwritten correspondence delivered by the detained immigrants to the lawyer Eileen Blessinger, who shared it with Univision Noticias.
Since taking office, President Donald Trump has signed executive orders limiting travel from several Muslim-majority countries, attempted to phase out an Obama-era program to protect undocumented immigrants brought as children and issued a zero-tolerance policy at the Mexican border that caused over 2,300 children to be separated from their parents.
For Cristina Jiménez, who was brought to the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant twenty years ago, each one of these actions was a reason to fight.
"To the people of the United States, please help us. We are desperate parents."
A group of adult detainees at an immigration detention center have signed an open letter appealing to the American people to help them be reunited with their children after being separated at the border.
Authorities say a Mexican man held at a South Georgia immigration detention center has died in an apparent suicide.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a news release Thursday that 40-year-old Efrain De La Rosa was pronounced dead around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.
ICE says staff at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin found De La Rosa unresponsive in his cell. He died at a hospital in Cuthbert after efforts to revive him failed.
ICE says the case is under investigation but the “preliminary cause of death appears to be self-inflicted strangulation.”
De La Rosa was handed over to ICE on March 11 by law enforcement in Wake County, North Carolina, after a March 9 felony conviction for larceny. He was in deportation proceedings at the time of his death.
Recruit Zhang, an immigrant from China, joined the United States military on the promise that enlisting would lead to American citizenship. He swore an oath to uphold the Constitution and was handed an Army T-shirt. But, after two years of delays, there came a sudden discharge that has left him reeling.
“They just said one word: I was ‘unsuitable,’” said the 30-year-old, who has a wife and child and a business management degree. He asked that only his last name be used. “I came here legally, made an agreement to stay legally, and they have not kept the agreement.”