My mom and her sisters grew stressed and depressed. They missed their dad a lot. We also began to struggle financially. We expected Grandpa to only be gone a year at the most, but it’s been almost seven years now. Since then, we’ve struggled to make enough money to send to support him and support ourselves.
But despite the difficulties, we continue to help him as much as we can, hoping to bring him back to us.
“The most important thing to remember, is that you may not have papers, but you do have rights. You have the right to remain silent. You do not have to respond to immigration’s questions,” Davenport said. “If they ask where you were born or where you live, just say you’d prefer not to answer.”
The hope is that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials will decide you are too much of a hassle and will not bother pursuing someone who shows they have a clear understanding of their legal rights, she said.
“I’m just working and trying to have a better quality of life for my family here and in Mexico,” explained Graciela’s husband. The 42-year-old came to the United States 15 years ago. The sole breadwinner in the family, he commutes daily to work in the Bay Area.
We’Ced En Español presents: Conozca sus Derechos! In an effort to keep our communities safe and informed, We’Ced Youth Media has partnered with local Immigration Attorney Carolina Castañeda to publish a ‘Know your Rights’ guide in Spanish. The guide relates important information and actions to take during the event of an ICE raid. CONOZCA SUS […]