President Trump just loves talking about the immigration crisis and while there IS a crisis, it goes much deeper than the president is ever willing to admit and many of the people suffering are doing so at the hands of his administration’s policies. For one family, who were Trump supporters, it means losing those you love the most. In this video from CNN, we see how the Trump immigration policy looks for people in our country.
Cecilia Gonzalez and her husband, Jason Rochester, have a six year old son, Ashton. They love spending time with him and they cherish all the small moments they have together, mostly because they know they are limited. Cecilia and Jason got married 12 years ago and had a great life, living in the United States. Unfortunately, when the Trump administration came slamming down on immigration, this all ended.
Cecelia now lives in Mexico while her husband and son try to continue their lives some 2000 miles away in Georgia. Cecelia and Jason say they weren’t worried until Trump took office and began the crusade against “bad hombres”, in his own words. Then she became worried that she would be deported, arrested in front of her own son, and she tried to make things right and self deported nearly a year and a half ago to try to start the process over legally.
Now the problem is that Cecelia’s lawyer failed to tell her that she couldn’t return to the US for at least 10 years, maybe longer, maybe NEVER. Through tears, Jason Rochester explains to CNN, “We told him that mommy would be home soon. But we lied. We hoped that she would. But… it wasn’t something that we could control. “The tearful parents say they have explained to their son that his mother had made a mistake and had to leave.
Then the parents went on to explain how Jason had even voted for Trump in 2016, explaining that they believed he would try to deport hard criminals, something they both believed should happen. They never imagined he would be coming for families like theirs. Cecelia said, “I don’t even have a ticket, a traffic ticket…nothing.”
Worse still for this family, last year at just five years old, Ashton received the devastating diagnosis of kidney cancer. He needed surgery, chemo, and radiation ALL without his mother by his side. She was denied admittance to the US EVEN to be with her sick son through his treatment. “It was terrible…” said Cecelia. The heartache evident on their faces and Jason relives what it was like to try to help his son who cried for his mommy.
Other than just a few visits to Mexico, Ashton only sees his mother on FaceTime. Cecelia said she dreamed of being the type of mother who could make breakfast for her son and then take him to school, they regular things that other people might take for granted, but now the Trump policies at work have taken a mother from her beloved son and kept her there.
Jason works for UPS in Georgia and desperately tries to find ways to get his wife home. Even his son has gotten involved, banding together with his classmates to write letters to Donald Trump pleading his case. He shows pictures that he’s drawn of himself with tears streaming down his face, crying for his mother with the words “I want mommy to come home” written on the picture.
This family says they don’t want special treatment but they want a plan to help immigrants like her find a path to citizenship that doesn’t destroy families.
The family has heard NOTHING from the White House or the Trump administration.