Skip to comments.Family fights to save a father
Posted on 06/06/2011 7:41:36 AM PDT by moonshinner_09
On a bright Saturday morning, Emily Nelson Guzman packed a beet-red Prius for the journey that would take her once more to Lumpkin, Ga., with its forlorn town square and sleepy barbecue joint and the nation's largest immigration detention center.
Her husband was there, locked away. Nineteen months earlier, federal agents had arrested him in his yard.
She loaded into the Prius a bag holding the old tight jeans she could finally squeeze into again, the ones she would model so he could see, through the visitation window, how much weight she had lost.
She loaded another bag, full of action figures - the Shazams and Spider-men and Power Rangers her little boy pretended to be when he fantasized about setting his father free.
Pedro Guzman's bag, a small Old Navy backpack, had already been packed and stowed away in a locker at Stewart Detention Center. It was the only luggage he would be allowed to take to his native Guatemala if a federal immigration judge, in a hearing two days hence, rejected the argument that Pedro had transformed from gang member to good American, a family man who had earned the right to live in the United States.
At the hearing, Emily would have a chance to vouch for his character. So would her mother. So would Pedro himself.
Emily's mother, Pamela Alberda, brought out a bag of turkey sandwiches from her boyfriend's house. The boyfriend improvised something on the piano. The music spilled out into the driveway, urgent and sad, like the day itself.
(Excerpt) Read more at kansascity.com ...
And this A police officer met them at the scene and said Pedro had hit a man. It was a cyclist, a physician training for a triathlon. The man had cuts and bruises, and what his lawyer, Edward J. Falcone, would later describe as a "fairly significant" head injury. (Falcone says the cyclist has ongoing neck and shoulder pain.)
Emily told her lawyer that the incident wasn't as bad as it sounded.-Unbelieveable
Proposed solution: Get Pedro out of jail and back to work!!!
Oh, the humanity of it all!
My bleeding heart just continues to weep. Where can I donate to this poor chap? Or should I simply send a check to the Kansas City Star for their wonderful reporting? (Barf)
By all means — back in Guatemala that is.
So !@#$%^ tired of these sob stories. Multiple arrests, but he’s not a criminal. And the article says his mother left the US — where did she go? Back to Guatemala, maybe? Then he has family there to stay with...go on back home. And then we bill Guatemala for the cost of his public education and court costs associated with all of his arrests and court time.
If he's not deportable, no one is.
This HUGH and SERIES. Ya’ll shouldn’t make fun of poor Pedro.
Oh puhleeze. If “Pedro” had truly reformed, he would have self-deported and taken his family with him. Then, he could have applied to enter the country LEGALLY. All this article proves is that Pedro is as much a law breaker as he ever was.
Van Jones and his band of anarchists have suckered another one.
This “Pedro” sure doesn’t seem like a Dream Act student to me. I guess we are not allowed to deport anyone. That’s the goal of the immigration nut jobs and Hispanic pressure groups.
Wah effing wah. I have an idea - they can keep the family together - in Guatemala!!! These sappy stories make me want to throw up.
I can't help wondering what this is all about.
Is that "couple" also gaming the system?
Not a hint whatsoever of how much welfare this extended "family" is stealing from the American taxpayer.
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