Wisconsin native Jennifer Martinez and her four children pose with a photo of the kids and their father, Jaime Martinez, who was deported to Mexico last year. (EFE/COURTESY J. MARTINEZ)
As families across the nation join together for the holiday season, the calls for relief from deportations and passage of a legalization process that keeps families together continue to mount. Family unity has long been the cornerstone of demands for federal immigration reform. In early 2014, the Obama administration will mark the tragic milestone of a staggering 2 million deportations since the President took office.
“It’s been 17 years since we’ve petitioned for my children to join us in the US,” says 78 year-old Luz Maria Hernandez of Racine, WI. ”And every year, there’s nothing I want more than for them to join us around the table during the holidays.”