The High Cost of Deporting Parents


I did this when I was young before I took off to Mexico and United States since I live in America I got used to the easy life American style [Music] between 1990 and 2000 the number of people living in the United States illegally increased from about two and a half million to eight and a half million all Americans are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country our border in southern california is still a sieve the American people want and expect the federal government to do its job of controlling our borders in 1996 Congress responded by passing the illegal immigration reform and immigrant Responsibility Act this piece of legislation has made it far easier for the US government to deport legal and illegal immigrant it also streamlines the current system that removing illegal aliens from the United States to make it both quick and efficient this bill eliminates also long-standing discretionary relief from deportation that will say to American family members of immigrants being deported did you get no second chance only about 100 people a day were deported before the 1996 law went into effect deportations surged thereafter since Obama came into office in 2009 the federal government has consistently deported at least 1,000 people per day another big reason for the increase in deportations is that local law enforcement has come to play a much larger role in identifying illegal immigrants since the 2001 terrorist attacks although the idea is to deport terrorists and violent criminals many non criminal aliens and small-time offenders have been getting picked up as Immigration and Customs Enforcement tries to meet its quota a four hundred thousand deportations a year with almost 2 million deported so far Barack Obama has deported more people than live in the entire state of Nebraska deporting all these people isn’t cheap according to immigration and customs enforcement it costs about twelve thousand five hundred dollars to arrest detain and deport someone since Obama came into office two million people have been deported that means that American taxpayers have picked up the tab on at least twenty five billion dollars worth of deportations in the last five years to try to understand how this money is being spent and on whom we went to Guatemala to meet a deportee named ray hey Zeus although originally from Guatemala Ray had been living and working in the US for 22 years he’s been married to KC a US citizen by birth for 12 years ray and KC have five kids all of whom were US citizens on August 11th 2011 while he was in his driveway with his kids he was arrested by immigration and customs enforcement the u.s. deported raided Guatemala City and with the little money he had in his pocket he caught a bus to the only place he knew the village where he was born and raised a place he hadn’t seen in over two decades this is where ray has been living for the past two and a half years getting to Ray wasn’t easy although just 200 miles from the Guatemala City Airport it’s a grueling nine-hour drive up and down sinuous mountain roads all the curves right down there from the flat I’m surprised that you guys didn’t peek or Sun we almost did the long drive to raise village put something into perspective for me I’d always thought of deportees as people dumped off just across the border in Tijuana or Nogales but here was a guy who speaks English who acts like an American and who dresses like an American essentially living in exile in a primitive concrete house with an outhouse and wood-burning stove 2600 miles from the life he’d known for two decades when you moved back here did you know how to do any of this like did you know how to light the stove or you did that when you were a kid right after making us some dinner ray showed us around his place while working in the u.s. all those years he sent money home to his parents which they used to build this house ray never imagined he’d be living here some day it’s sometimes I think about it if I really think about it it’s it’s bad yeah yeah it’s bad nice to be able to be back here yeah just like you’re suddenly back here after 20 three years and I just tear all alone all alone this is the last time ray was in Guatemala he left this village in the late 80s when he was just 14 years old he spent the next year walking through Mexico working on jobs and sleeping on the streets at age 15 he entered the United States a church group was sympathetic to his situation and requested asylum on his behalf well ray came here as a young man and he he actually tried to fix his situation he was in California and had seen a judge several times with his case had been denied basically that was appealed that the the process often takes so long the the just processing of the documents and the and the appeal it goes to a court that you don’t ever appear at know you know it’s just all done by paperwork that that appeal process took such a long time and ray moved on with his life he was able to work and and you know be here because that’s part of the the process it allows that you can stay while the court is making its decisions and so forth and over time he he moved his lawyer lost contact with him and he just kind of got lost in the fact that the appeal is eventually denied and that so then there’s just sitting out there ten years or so a denial of his case to be able to become a permanent resident he doesn’t know anything about that he just knows he tried to fix it the so he moves on he gets married he has his life and then all these years later he goes to to apply for a driver’s license and under a new law that Utah has they send his information on to immigration at that point immigration looked him up and saw oh here’s somebody who has an old deportation order when you have an old deportation order there is nothing more you have to do except pick them up and deport him there isn’t a process that they’re entitled to to actually go and see the judge the problem that that creates is obviously that was many many years ago his life has changed dramatically [Music] here I’m getting some firewood I don’t do this I won’t be able to make my meals or cook breakfast I did this when I was young before I took off to Mexico in United States since I live in America I got used to the easy life American style well this is not fresh from the mountains but this has been stored here just so it gets dry but because we already worked on it see my mom just ran out of run out of firewood and that’s what she’s gonna turn it into tortilla right here so that she needs needed to just gotta cook the Nixtamal she’ll take it to the mill and bring it back and had some tortillas Rey hadn’t seen his mom since he left in the late 80s then he gets deported in 2011 and suddenly shows up in the village she couldn’t believe her eyes they nursing dropsy na na holey pants I still got him so when you get deported you can’t get your old stuff you can’t go get it back or getting arrested I mean you can’t go back in your house or again if you have a watch that you know it’s like if I was in a nightmare or a dream like if I was sleeping that I couldn’t believe where I’m at and it happened so fast that at one time I was in America with my family with my kids in between 20 days 22 3 days 23 days I was over here mere MonaVie no twist our Tristan yo Rondo star su familia esta su new la stocky solo vbn nada Ning en como el nada nada por que su esposa ck da stay away so sick on Eastern Iowa según Mo’s cuenta el que su su see Jose Stang a veces que llora yo Rangpur su papá porque su papaya Starkey I’m asking myself why what did I do why is this happening to me all I can think is I think of my kids my wife race situation is more common than you might think according to the most recent data available one in four people deported between 2010 and 2012 were the parents of US citizens an estimated 150,000 US citizens lose a parent to deportation each year I was thinking that he was at home in nine months we had already put his i-130 in and I was thinking maybe nine months a year at the very most yeah and that was that was two years ago the youngest was only five months old when Rey was deported their middle child is autistic he started throwing tantrums after Ray was deported that made it impossible for KC to leave him at school KC is home-schooled him ever since James listen to mine yeah listen to mommy and go to school hey sometimes only sometimes only dad can get only daddy can get through then they have the same sort of force behind a computer screen [Music] this is race race quality framing up that was his sign that he put on his truck and how long did he have that business for years yeah he did really good in the last couple years before he was deported with a baby and an autistic son Casey has always stayed at home with the kids while ray worked outside of the house he was the sole breadwinner for a family of seven nurses active contractors license his city business license there’s a taxes from 2010 there’s a quarterly tax refund that he sent in his taxes $4,000 for a quarterly yeah he had he always paid taxes there’s his employees I can’t show their names but there’s all their w-2s our accountant did this he did everything and we just sent the w-2s to them so how many people did ray employ altogether he had 10 at the most at one time he had I think working on the dental clinic he had eight okay so all together throughout his business he had 10 employees and so after he was deported to all this money stops flowing in oh yeah I I can’t run his business without him because he has a license framing contractor and I’m not a licensed praying contractor so he has to be there to do it I was doing so well I was having business an employees and a nice job and building something that I like to build something that I’m passionate about ray doesn’t have a steady job Guatemala he finds odd jobs whenever and wherever he can he often works for a man named Anselmo who owns an excavation business Anselmo started his business with money earned from 26 years of work in the United States said nothing would stop you see now kill people and whatever mundo Cinco dolares and the consignee para comer confirm in the first arson easy thousand you know is the European suitcase and que ayuda de todo el mundo efficacy lollipop biotech this kind of reverence for the United States is common in poverty areas of Mexico and Central America the thought of making $8 an hour is mind-blowing to people who grow up in a place with a typical wage is five to seven dollars a day so you might be wondering what ray does to earn his five dollars a day while he climbs this mountain and uses a pickaxe to chip away gravel and the gravel is eventually used to make concrete and the concrete is often purchased with money that people are in washing dishes picking crops and cleaning houses in the United States it’s precisely the dream of earning a little money to build a decent concrete home that drives and perpetuates migration from little towns and villages like raise few young men or young women want to be the ones left behind tilling land for 35 Quetzales or $5 a day some people do it for a living all day like this eight hours how much they get paid 35 Catullus and they get a meal out of it they get they get a glass of water or they’ve either corn Nathalia around 10:00 that’s it but if I had to do this by leaving I don’t know if I can handle it I wish I could set my wife some money I wish I can send my kids some money so I wish I can be there with them and just work even if I work even if I make $50 a day that could still bring him food on the table and pay bill you’re all right this is an Australian Cattle Dog otherwise known as a blue heeler best dog you never owned rain mint Jeff Kessler twelve years ago on a construction job and they’ve been friends and business partners ever since Jeff’s one of the most politically conservative people I’ve ever met but when it comes to the immigration issue he takes a different position than many conservatives it was right at that time when immigration was a big oh we need to get rid of them we need to get rid of them and that’s when it happened they got him because he was easy he was here with these family you know so he was easy they could drive right to his house I’m giddy did you hear the story about how they how they got him tackled him I heard on the lawn in front of these kids that’s a bunch of crap you know other words it’s a bunch of have you noticed in recent years of increase in deportations recently there has been an increase in in certain types of deportations I have noticed an increase at least locally in people being picked up that don’t have really any reason to be picked up there they’re in a traffic they forget to turn their signal on or something and and it all of a sudden puts them into jail and Isis investigating and suddenly they don’t have any way to stay and so they’re deported I have seen an increase in that sort of those those things that you think well why are we deporting those people even though legally again if they don’t have papers you know I’m not saying they they don’t that they’re not following the law but that there should be sort of a standard to say look those aren’t people were looking to we want to spend our resources on deporting the people who are you know a danger or who are committing certain criminal acts and so forth here we are they deport him and we’re having to support his family that he was supporting I don’t understand why they don’t check a little more of what’s going on what happened in the past is the past I don’t understand why they don’t check up and see what they’re doing there’s people here if it was legal I’d load him on a bus and ship him out of here because he was supporting his family he had a good job had a business and there’s people here that are just living off us would happen with this family they went to welfare they had to do something according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement it cost the American taxpayer about $12,500 to deport someone but this is just to arrest the person detained them and fly them out of the country there are other hidden costs that often aren’t taken into account for example when you deport the breadwinner of a family and that family has no means of supporting itself in the deported members absence the family may have to turn to government assistance and that’s exactly what happened to the hizzouse family since Ray’s deportation KC has supported herself and the kids with food stamps and SSI benefits they’ve paid their rent with housing subsidies all the kids are now covered by Medicaid this is a family that was completely self-sufficient before ray was deported so if you really add everything up the cost of arresting ray and flying him to Guatemala the lost tax revenue from Ray’s business and the government benefits that casey has used to feed her kids and keep them healthy Ray’s deportation has cost the American taxpayer somewhere in the neighborhood of one hundred thousand dollars and this is the real cost of deporting parents they’ve lost everything so ray should be here supporting her and he should just be here that’s all I can say I just just aggravated over the whole situation if I could find somebody to wake up I would but I don’t know where to go or what to do so this is mine and Rey’s old neighborhood this is the neighborhood we lived in when Rey was deported two years ago it brings back a lot of memories this is where we are the happiest we had a lot of friends in this neighborhood my kids played in this field over here they rode their four-wheeler over in this field I used to chase the prairie dogs the day it happened I when I came home I drove up in my van and I pulled in the driveway and there were three ice agents over in the driveway and they had my husband sorry let me start again and I just get emotional about it because I see other people’s kids playing in my house so yeah it was that was our house and uh my children they think that was their house and they used to play out there riding their bikes that was their bikes that they were right and I feel like that’s my dream right there and and it was taken from me then that was the last place I saw my husband was in that driveway I don’t know what else to say it just feels like we are so separated because you know marriage is hard enough when you’re living in under the same roof and I’m scared I’m so scared that when he gets back I’m scared if too much time will have passed and if Rey and I will be in love the same way we used to and and and that that’s a reality it’s just the reality of it you never know rate could come back and we might not have anything in common anymore we might not be able to reconnect after two and a half years not scare the crap out of me anywhere they go I can have a happy face I can go to work and just lather last thing and sometimes I’ve seen when I’m working that in my heart or inside of me it’s it’s not it’s out of control I’m just hoping for a miracle Oh bro big one and a fast one [Music] if I go back to America I would appreciate my kids more my wife more my life more oh that’s so sweet I wish I can give you guys a hug I love you too son I love you so much look at that big smile really oh he’s so cute yeah you’re just a little Simba [Music] you [Music] hi Manny

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