Thursday, August 20, 2009

An unsent letter to Mi Amor's immigration attorney

I thought I should tell you that my husband was killed at the beginning of June. He was shot seven times and left lying in the street. Luckily we were all informed quickly and I was able to fly down for the funeral. He looked peaceful and, although he was shot once in the head, his face was not harmed.

I also thought I should tell you that I am angry. I am angry that no one took him seriously when he said he was afraid for his safety if he returned to El Salvador. His age and appearance made him a target. I am angry that there was "nothing that could be done" to keep him here. I am angry that I am a 32 year old widow and that our daughter will have so few memories of the father who gave everything for the chance to be with his family again. I am angry that we had to be pecked at by a heartless vulture of a lying landlord who stole most of our possessions. Mostly, I am angry that we struggled for so long and came so close to being together again only to have some idiot thugs snatch away our dreams.

My only hope is that our loss can be an eye-opener to the realities of your clients' situations. When someone professes a fear of returning home, claims they are afraid of the gangs and their penchant for random murders, I hope that you will listen.

(maybe someday I will send it)


Jane said...

I think you should send this to the head of Homeland Security (Immigration Head or Pre-Risk Assessment Team at Immigration Dept.) - Minister of Immigration here in Canada - sorry don't know the equivalent name in U.S. Those are the people who make the decision.

Kristen said...

I think you should send it.

aighmeigh said...

Jane and Kris, I have not sent it yet, but I'm still thinking about it. I see his name every day as a suggested friend on Facebook and I almost send it... I just want to be sure that I'm sending it for the right reason, and not just because I'm holding on to my anger.

Crystal said...

I hope you send the letter to him and ICE and everyone if not... then I hope they or someone who knows them reads your blog. I am new reading your blog, I was referred by another blogger.
Sorry about your husband.
God Bless you and your daughter.

aighmeigh said...

Now that I am getting more in my right mind, I plan to spruce it up a bit and send it. I can only hope it will open an eye or two. Every little bit helps.

Thank you.