A family struggles with the possible deportation of its father even as Texas hungers for more workers like him

By Dianne Solis

Children are resilient, said Wendy Cervantes, immigration director at the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Law and Social Policy. But “we are really destabilizing families pretty much from every angle. … I have never seen this type of strain.”

Cervantes seemed shaken after a recent visit to North Texas. She interviewed parents and children impacted by a factory raid in April in Allen, about 25 miles north of Dallas. About 280 workers were apprehended at a business that refurbished cell phones. Many were women who were later released on humanitarian grounds because they were their households’ sole caregivers.

Those deportation cases continue to wind their way through the immigration courts. Cervantes described one of those on the deportation hook: “She is teaching her daughters how to cook and clean so if they are left behind, they are not a burden on the families that take them in. The children are 6 and 7 years old,” Cervantes said. “The mother cries as she teaches them.”

 

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