Hello. My name is Irene. I’m 12 years old and in the 6th grade. I am an American citizen born right here in Minnesota. My parents and older brother, were born in Mexico, and they came here 13 years ago to find work and to provide a better life for their family. What they never expected was to have their family torn apart and left in pieces.
It is wrong to separate happy families. It is a big mistake deporting parents from their children. I know how bad it is because it happened to my family. My father was deported to Mexico several years ago. This hit me really hard. I loved my dad so much, but that didn’t matter: it didn’t stop or slow his deportation. I cried a lot and missed him but that didn’t matter either. No amount of heartbreak from his children and his wife would bring him back. He got to Mexico and he called us right away. My heart got even more broken just hearing his voice. I got really worried. Every day and every night the same things kept on going through my mind: I worried if my dad was going to survive being in Mexico alone without his wife and children, and I also worried if my mom, my brother, and I would be able to survive with money only coming in from my mother’s work. Was my mother going to have enough money to pay for everything by herself? Would she have enough money to support me and my brother, and still send money to my father in Mexico? Would my family be separated forever- and would anybody forget about me?
I could not concentrate on anything. I couldn’t even sleep. I had big time night mares about never seeing my father again. I could not eat; I lost my appetite every single day, and I even lost weight.
Soon my mother realized that she could not make all of the payments she needed to make, so we were forced to send my brother to Aurora, IL with my grandmother. Our father was deported, and because of this my brother has to be kept away from his mother. My father and my brother have been taken from my life, and my mother has to work all of the time to pay the bills. I miss my family when we were all together and we were happy.
I think it is just pathetic, and it makes me sad and angry. Everyday I wish I worked in the government offices. I would really recommend that those officers stop deporting people and separating our families. I sometimes don’t get it.
What I really think is the worst part of the Immigration system is that they deport people that belong to families. This separates them, and destroys childhoods and marriages. I don’t think the officers know how it feel’s to be separated from your family, and I want to ask you, President Obama, and members of the Congress and the Senate, to please stop separating families.