The Deported

Roxanne: My name’s Roxanne.
I’m 22 years old.
In three days,
I’m gonna see the judge,
and the judge is going to decide
whether I stay here in America
or go back to Mexico.
Pablo: My name’s Pablo Dunoyer.
I’m 20 years old.
My family has a removal order
on our heads.
So long as that exists,
we have no certainty about
our future in this country
Man: First target today–
the subject got a, uh,
2009 arrest,
looks like communications.
Target two–target two I already
designated three of you.
Three is, uh, again moves
at about 0615 hours.
Avedo’s gonna have the eyeball
on that one.
Soon as he gets the eyeball,
we’re gonna take him
into custody.
We’re in one of the worst areas
of L.A.,
so everybody watch
each other’s back.
Anybody have any questions?
– All right, folks, be safe.
– Man: All right, be safe.
It’s gonna be…
We can enter a residence
as long as they provide us
with consent to enter
the residence.
[ beep ]
So the lights are off
at the target house,
and usually that’s an indicator
that somebody’s
ready to step out the door,
so hopefully that’s the case.
This might be the times.
[ beep, man speaks indistinctly
over radio ]
All right, so we’re gonna go in,
identify that person here.
We have officers on scene here.
[ dog barking in distance ]
[ barking continues,
officers speak indistinctly ]
Belly, M.I.A. & Meek Mill:
♪ Freedom comes ♪
♪ Better lock your door ♪
♪ Freedom comes ♪
♪ It ain’t safe anymore ♪
♪ Look, this ain’t a tan,
my skin the same color as sand ♪
♪ From the motherland, look down
and see the world in my hands ♪
♪ Government bans, it’s like
the world is stuck in a trance ♪
♪ There’s nothin’ more priceless
than bein’ free ♪
♪ Immigrant, that’s why they
hate me just for bein’ me ♪
♪ Freedom comes ♪
♪ Better lock your door ♪
♪ Freedom comes,
it ain’t safe anymore ♪
♪ Our land is holy,
our land is history ♪
[ Echoing ]
♪ History, history, history ♪
♪ We–We are all immigrants ♪
I’m Rosario Dawson.
Like most Americans,
I descend from immigrants.
I’m a Puerto Rican, Afro-Cuban,
Irish, Native American.
Immigration is about people.
Immigration is a living
and breathing thing,
and we’ve looked at it
very differently
at different times
in our history,
and I think
it’s critically important
that we hear people’s stories.
And right now people are
fighting for their lives.
I’m a strong boy… [ babbles ]
I’m a strong boy!
I wanna lay here.
I don’t wanna leave this spot.
Woman: You’re my strong boy,
and we’re gonna be
strong together, right?
And then we’re gonna be
together soon
in our new house on the beach.
Every time I think I wanna cry.
[ crying ]
Woman: I know.
I know, baby.
Joel: Well,
I left Guatemala because
my family was being
Woman: His family are
Christian evangelicals,
and because of that,
Mr. Colindrés himself
had been attacked several times.
Since he has been
in the United States,
his family members
have been murdered.
So this is not a joke.
– Joel: Morning, buddy.
– Boy: Good morning, Daddy.
– That’s better.
[ toothbrushes buzzing ]
[ spits ]
Woman: Even though
it’s a month after Christmas,
we’ve still left
our Christmas lights up,
’cause we’re just hoping
to have that–
that Christmas miracle,
you know,
keep the magic
of Christmas going.
– Say, “Good morning, Daddy.”
– Good morning.
She said, “I wanna sleep
some more.”
Woman: I won’t take them down
till I hear
any news on Joel
if he’s staying or going.
Well, we met at a–
at a restaurant,
and he was the food runner,
and I was a bartender.
It was that immediate,
like that corny stuff
that you hear in movies,
like that butterfly
in your stomach where you feel
your cheeks get blushy
and you get a little shaky.
When we were dating,
I told you the real thing.
No green card holder, so are
you sure you wanna do this?
There we go.
– Girl: Bye!
– Samantha: We didn’t know
he had a deportation order
because we didn’t find that out
until we started,
but I knew that he wasn’t
a citizen,
but it didn’t matter to me
because I was in love with him.
You like who you like.
You love who you love.
Samantha: This way, baby girl.
It’s all yucky over there.
Joel: Put your seatbelt on.
Make sure I got lipstick on.
– Lila: Bye-bye!
– Love you. Have a good day.
– Samantha: Bye.
– Love you!
– Samantha: Say, “Bye, Daddy.”
– Have a good day!
– Boy: I got my window down!
– Lila: Bye!
Every Monday, I have to be home.
One of the people from ICE
have come to check me out.
And they say, “You’re not
supposed to leave
between 7 and 4 p.m.”
So that’s pretty much what
I do on Mondays–
sit and wait for this person
to come and check me out.
[ birds chirping ]
[ buzzing ]
I work for a high-quality
company in New York.
People call me
a master carpenter
because I’m good at what I do.
[ saw buzzing ]
Growing up,
my dad was a builder,
and, uh, I started building
stuff when I was 10 years old.
And what my dad to me,
that’s exactly what I wanna do
with my son.
So last year, around springtime,
my son and I–
we build this birdhouse.
I’m a regular person,
not a criminal.
I want to be here
to support my family.
That’s my job–
take care of my family.
Woman: There is
a common misconception
that if you get married
to a United States citizen,
that this is going to fix
all your immigration problems.
It doesn’t.
It doesn’t fix an order
of removal.
It doesn’t excuse you
coming to the United States
without permission.
[ birds chirping ]
[ phone rings ]
[ ring ]
Samantha: Okay.
All right, thanks. Bye.
We got a call from Erin
that our 212 Waiver was denied,
um, which is
the hardship waiver,
which is supposed to prove
that if Joel were to leave,
that me and the other, you know,
two U.S. citizens, our children,
would suffer
extreme hardship here.
Their denial was not based
off of the hardship at all.
It was based off of his failure
to appear 14 years ago.
So they’re still holding that
over his head.
How much longer can we keep
being strong for? [ sniffles ]
So that you can be strong
for them,
so then you’re, like…
[ sniffles ]
[ voice breaking ] it just eats
at you later on?
[ sniffles ] ‘Cause you can’t,
like, work through it.
[ whispers ] I don’t know.
[ sniffles ]
It sucks.
[ sniffles ]
Yeah. It really sucks.
[ sniffles ]
Joel: When I came
to the United States,
I jumped off from the border
from Texas,
and I went straight
to the police station,
and I say, “I’m here” and this,
and “I need your help,”
and they said, “The only thing
we can do is call the, you know,
immigration and so they can
see if they can help you out.”
The guy came and picked me up
from the police station,
brought me to the–to the ICE.
They asked me questions,
“Where are you going?
Do you have family?”
I said, “Yeah. I do have
a brother in New York.”
And I gave them my passport.
I gave them the address
where I was going.
And, um, I came to New York.
So they said, “We’re gonna
send you a paperwork
so you can present yourself
in New York,”
and, you know, I was waiting
for those papers.
I never got those papers because
they have my wrong last name
and wrong address.
So two months went by
and everything,
and then I kinda tried to call
the number they gave to me,
but the line always sound busy.
Beep, beep, you know.
So I gave up, didn’t call,
That was my big mistake.
You know, if I go,
I’m not gonna take my kids
and my wife to Guatemala.
I’m not gonna put my family
at risk of gangs
and criminals.
You know…
[ wind blowing ]
There’s no question some people
may miss their letter,
their–their notice to appear,
but the reality is
everybody says that.
It’s kinda like
“The dog ate my homework”
at school.
If we believed everyone
who said it,
it would gut the immigration
enforcement system.
Trump: Our cities should be
sanctuaries for Americans,
not for criminal aliens.
Male reporter:
Churches are preparing
a more direct challenge
to federal authority
under the Trump administration.
Woman: Potentially,
these church leaders
could be placing their parish
at risk for prosecution
and fines.
[ siren wailing in distance ]
I take my brother to school.
At 6:30, I wake up.
We leave by 6:50, the latest.
It’s a 35 to 40-minute drive.
In high school, I didn’t have
any type of protection
until my senior year,
and that was when Obama
created the DACA program,
but now if my DACA does run out,
they can deport me.
We’re still waiting for someone
to come up with a plan
to give us a path
to citizenship.
My brother–he’s a citizen
’cause he was born here.
– So how’s school doing?
– Oh, it’s been doing all right.
Lorenc: Have people been talking
about us at school?
Eric: Not really. Some of
my friends that bring it up
ask how we’re doing, and I just
tell ’em that we’re doing
a little bit better.
Lorenc: You know,
it’s high school, you know.
People talk. The best thing
you can do is just ignore it.
Yeah, I’ve been ignoring it
since, uh, it first
went on the news.
Okay, bro.
[ makes whooshing sound ]
See you later.
Lorenc: See you, man.
I haven’t really heard about ICE
until Trump took presidency.
Like, when we went
to our appointments
where they would check up
on us,
they always gave us
another year, another year.
And then one day we went,
and they’re like,
“You’re gonna be deported
in three months.”
It was just out of nowhere.
Rosario: Lorenc’s father, Ded,
was ordered to self-deport.
Instead, Ded sought sanctuary
in Central United Methodist
Lorenc’s mother, Flora,
suffers from Multiple Sclerosis.
Ded is
Flora’s full-time caregiver.
Flora: Mm-hmm.
– Yeah?
– Yes.
I am Caitlin Homrich-Knieling,
and I’m the organizer
that’s managing the Rranxburgaj
family’s campaign.
Ded Rranxburgaj came to me
because he found out
that we have
a sanctuary network.
Ded and Flora came to the U.S.
17 years ago,
and they brought
their oldest son, Lorenc,
who was a baby at the time.
It’s extremely hard to get
political asylum
in our circuit
of immigration courts,
so they were denied.
They appealed that denial,
and they were denied again
in a higher court,
but during that time,
they had a second son, Eric,
and Flora got sick with M.S.
So Ded provides
all of her care,
and if he were deported,
it could spell the end
of Flora’s life.
It’s been two months.
We still haven’t heard
anything from ICE,
gotten any response from them.
It’s just
a day-to-day uncertainty.
That’s only been magnified
by having to take sanctuary
and live in this church.
Zundel: Prayer is so much more
than bowing our heads
and repeating the Lord’s Prayer.
It is an action word
as well as a spiritual word.
One thing that I live by
every single day
when I wake up, and now that
it’s tattooed on my arm,
I can see it, it’s the quote,
“When injustice becomes law,
resistance becomes duty.”
That means when there is
an unjust law,
I’m gonna rise up.
I’m gonna encourage other people
to rise up.
Resistance becomes our duty.
So here at Central, we don’t
just pray for Ded and Flora,
our sanctuary family,
but we write letters,
and we protest,
and we call legislators
and we demand that they stop
separating families.
Woman: Amen.
The new administration started
threatening people
with deportations,
and so we took a vote
to be a sanctuary church.
Shortly after we took that vote,
we took in our first family.
I anoint you
in the name of the Creator,
the Redeemer,
and the Sustainer.
– Amen.
– Amen.
Zundel: I have been accused
of harboring a fugitive.
I’m not harboring anyone.
ICE knows exactly where he is.
ICE will not call us.
ICE will not talk to us.
They will have no communication
with us whatsoever.
Camarota: You never want
a situation where people
can violate the law
with impunity.
This man faces deportation.
Simply walking into a church,
it’s not the Middle Ages.
You can’t say, “Look, the rule
of law ends at the church door.”
If he isn’t entitled to stay,
then it makes sense
that he should return
to his home country.
Now if that creates
hardship for other people,
that’s something
they might have thought about
when they decided to come
to America and stay illegally.
[ indistinct conversations ]
Zundel: Ded has worked
17 years without a day off
just to care for his family,
and he’s been targeted.
We don’t know why.
They just decided,
“You need to go back
to Albania.”
[ rustling ]
Ded: I’m holding my plate.
Zundel: I understand people say
he should have followed the law,
and when he was told
to self-deport,
that he should have.
But for him to self-deport is
a death sentence for his wife.
You want me to cut up
a little piece?
Huh? Okay.
Zundel: Sanctuary is hard.
It’s not a chicken’s way out.
He cannot leave the building
without threat of arrest.
It’s a difficult,
difficult thing to do,
but he’s doing it
to keep his family together.
Zundel: He takes care
of everything for her,
and because Lorenc
is a DACA recipient,
there’s no protection
for him right now either,
and so if Ded is deported
and Lorenc is deported,
a 15-year-old has to take on
the responsibility
of his mother, who is
in a wheelchair with M.S.
What are you willing
to do for your family?
What risks are you willing
to take?
What would you do
in that situation?
How would you react?
Yes, we are a country of laws,
and we have reinterpreted
those laws over and over
and over again over the years.
Right now we have to ask
ourselves, is it better
to be breaking up
these families?
Does that actually
make us safer?
Does that actually better us
as a humanity
and as an American nation
or not?
Roxanne: My name is Roxanne.
I’m 22 years old.
I came over to the U.S.
when I was 2 years old,
and I was brought by my mother.
My biggest goal is to be
a trauma surgeon.
My hands were built
to save lives.
But in three days, I’m going
to see an immigration judge,
and he will decide whether
I stay here in America
where I grew up
or be deported back to Mexico
where I was originally born.
What I feel most is fear.
It makes me more scared
that I don’t know
what’s gonna happen.
It’s been really hard
to stay positive
because the reality is
I could be deported.
I could leave my mom,
could leave my little brother.
[ switch clicks ]
– I don’t believe
what’s happening to me.
This is my home. I’m American.
I consider myself Texan
because I grew up here.
[ Roxanne’s mom
speaking Spanish ]
[ crying ]
[ birds chirping ]
Roxanne: Growing up
was really difficult for me.
Most of my memories aren’t good.
At home,
there was a lot of issues.
Far as I can remember,
I was being sexually abused
by my own dad.
For the longest time,
I felt like that was
a normal thing.
I hated being at home at night
because I knew what was
gonna happen.
My mother was too busy working,
and no matter how hard
I tried to get away,
my dad would go and look for me,
threatening to not only kill me
but kill my mom and my brother,
telling me not to tell anybody
what was going on at home.
[ birds chirping ]
Roxanne: Behind the building
that I lived in
was a little creek,
which is this creek
that I used to love to hide in.
I had noticed that my dad
would go back there
and kinda look for me.
[ birds continue chirping ]
I have a faint memory of this,
but this one time,
I guess this person had seen me
outside the entire afternoon,
and they had asked me
if I was okay,
and I said yeah,
I just didn’t wanna go home.
Roxanne: They ended up buying me
an ice cream.
All I remember was
going up the stairs,
’cause we lived
in the second floor.
I was just going upstairs
and there’s, like,
a little chair.
I sat outside.
By this point, it’s already
really dark outside.
I heard yelling coming
from inside the house.
That’s when I knew my mom
was home,
and she was freaking out
on where I was,
and I was happy,
because I knew I was safe.
I knew it was safe to go inside.
That was an accomplishment
for me
because I felt like
I avoided my dad.
Man: The system is being gamed.
There’s no doubt about it.
Man 2:
Thousands of people arrive
at the U.S.-Mexico border
every month seeking asylum.
Man 3: The victim must have a
well-founded fear of persecution
based on certain factors.
Woman: Asylum seekers have been
kidnapped, held for ransom,
made vulnerable to traffickers.
Woman 2: President Trump says
the United States
should deport people trying
to enter the country illegally
without facing a judge
or a court case.
He was deported at the end
of October,
and she says within two weeks,
a local gang
in his small town of
southern Mexico had killed him.
Pablo: “Yes, you, Roberto,
and Consuelo,
“it’s us again, motherfuckers.
“You thought we had forgotten,
but here we are.
“We need to get paid already,
or you assume the consequences.
“You need to know that our
organization is not played.”
“We will begin to crush
and dismember one by one
the members of your family.”
Rosario: The Dunoyer family
has been under threat
from Colombian guerrilla groups
for the past 18 years.
They fled to the United States
in 2001.
This group, FARC, they wanted
$300,000 from my father,
or else they’re gonna kidnap
my brother
and me and my mom, and our only
choice was to leave the country.
Rosario: For over 10 years,
the Dunoyers have received
a stay of removal,
allowing them to legally live
in the United States.
In 2017, for the first time,
it was denied.
Pablo: We’ve lived in
the United States for 17 years,
but now ICE is telling
our whole family
that we have two weeks
to leave the country.
We can’t go back to Colombia.
We’re still very much
in danger there.
In Colombia, my dad–
he worked for the government.
He was in charge
of a lot of money.
Because of this,
he was targeted.
They say, “I need your money.
I need the–the money.”
I say, “No,no puedo.
I can’t. I can’t. I can’t.”
And they say,
“If you don’t bring the money,
“you have problems
with your family.
“I know where is your kids.
I know your wife.”
They knew private information
for the families.
Consuelo: I was in shock.
Pablo: My parents–they wanted
to get political asylum
in the United States.
We didn’t have time
to go through
the standard legal process.
That sort of thing takes years.
We didn’t have years.
We had probably days
at that point.
– We leave…
– We leave everything.
Everything, our life,
our family.
We arrive here
with two suitcases.
Pablo: I don’t know what
I’m gonna do in Colombia.
I-I probably won’t survive.
[ scoffs ] I have this shit
to deal with.
I have this. They wanna
dismember my family.
That’s what it says here.
[ sighs ]
Just anyone–
anyone who can see
what I’m trying to get at,
I need you on my side.
I need you to share this.
I need you to share this.
I’ll throw it,
and you guys go right there.
[ laughs ] Give me these.
I know you guys know that
my family’s kind of in
a tough spot with immigration.
We got that meeting coming up,
so we don’t know
what’s gonna happen.
[ sighs ] It just doesn’t
seem right, dude.
Why do you think
they want you outta here?
– Like, what, what–
– I think the simple
answer to that is that
we’re just another number,
and they don’t really care.
When do you think you’ll know
if you have to leave or not?
Camilo: At that meeting,
they’ll tell us yes or no,
and if no, then we basically
have to leave
in a matter of weeks.
– How much time?
– In a matter of weeks.
– Oh, dang.
Just straight up like that?
Camilo: Just straight up
like that, no questions asked,
no arguments. That’s basically
game over for us.
I don’t even know what
to say to that.
I think right now
we should make a video,
push it out like crazy,
and then let’s see
where that gets us.
If–If the worse comes to worse,
at least we can say
we tried something.
– Camilo: Yeah.
– That’s a really good point.
At least people will know
what’s happening
and know
the screwed-up situation
that it put my family in.
I’m Camilo Dunoyer.
I’m 17 years old.
I’m from San Diego, California.
I migrated here
when I was 11 months old,
but right now I’m in danger of
being deported back to Colombia.
It’s crazy to see all the
support that we have gotten.
This is my favorite place
in the world,
and just the possibility
of never being able
to see this ever again is–
it’s terrifying.
I will keep fighting,
just keep making sure
that our story gets out there
and just reach as many people
as possible.
Roberto: Enjoyed your food?
Pablo: My parents–they were
both college-educated.
They had great lives,
and they had to give up
their jobs in Colombia.
They came here
with the bags on their back.
They had nothing.
They already had to start over.
They’re gonna have
to start over again.
How are you gonna retire?
I don’t know,
’cause it’s very hard for us.
Our life is here. It’s 17 years.
[ indistinct conversations ]
The problem is immigration is–
– ICE.
– They no–don’t care
if you’re good people
or a criminal–the same.
– Zero tolerance.
– Zero tolerance.
Man: As Attorney General,
it is my duty
to ensure that the laws of
the United States are enforced
and that the Constitutional
Order is upheld.
Woman: Protesters in cities
across the U.S.
demanded that
the Trump administration
end its zero tolerance policy.
Trump: We want border security.
We want security in our country.
We respect ICE.
Tabaddor: Zero tolerance policy,
sort of generally speaking,
just means that any time
the government
can take any sort
of enforcement action, it will.
In the past, the government
may have made some distinction
between which groups of people
they wanted to take action,
whereas now they take action
against anyone they come across
who is in violation
of the immigration law.
[ Lila babbles ]
[ utensil clatters ]
Who’s gonna say grace?
Wait for Mommy, okay.
Who’s gonna say grace?
Samantha: Hold her hand now.
– Amen.
– Woman: Amen.
You pick up the books
you wanted me to read tonight?
I’m done.
– Did you eat everything?
– Boy: Yeah.
You want some more bread, honey?
[ babbles ]
Paul and I are retired,
and these are the fun years,
and to travel
and to do everything,
and the only thing you want
is your kids to be happy,
and you give it all up.
You give everything all up
just to have your kids happy.
I’m an engineer,
and us engineers, we like to–
we always follow the logic,
and this isn’t logical.
It just doesn’t make sense.
It’s like giving somebody
no country.
It’s like…
I can’t even explain it.
It’s like living,
waiting for somebody to die.
It’s like your life is on hold,
like you can’t enjoy yourself.
– Samantha: No, it’s on pause.
– You can’t…
Like Paul and I,
we don’t go out.
I don’t call my friends.
We don’t socialize anymore
because it’s too difficult
to explain the situation
– Samantha: Over and over.
Over and over,
’cause I don’t even understand
the whole situation, and I don’t
wanna look like I’m having
to justify Joel ’cause I don’t
have to justify Joel.
I don’t wanna lose my little–
my daughter.
I don’t want her to be
so far away.
[ voice breaking ] And I
don’t wanna lose my babies.
Is it dangerous to vilify
an entire demographic
of people?
What we’re seeing is that
across the board,
we are going after
every undocumented immigrant,
but is that actually
making us safer or better
as a society or community?
Erin: I’m looking at our list
of things that we’ve done,
that we have to do.
Um, we have the petition
pending with the 5th Circuit,
the emergency stay–
that’s really
the only legal thing
that I see that could stop this.
The legal question, and it might
be a completely new question,
but as a U.S. citizen,
do you have due process rights
to your husband?
I do think that the appeal
with the 5th Circuit
has merit,
so hopefully someone
at the 5th Circuit
will hear our plea
to stop his deportation
to let him have a chance
at telling his case.
With the 5th Circuit,
do we have hope that they’ll
rule on that emergency stay…
– Erin: Mm-hmm.
– …before the 31st?
Erin: I do think that
they will rule on it.
This deportation date
is completely arbitrary
and is subject to discretion,
so anyone at DHS at any point
could pull the plug
on this deportation date.
There’s nothing black and white
about making Joel Colindrés
leave on January 31st.
Erin: Really, it comes down
to ICE listening to your plea.
What else can we do?
At the end,
it’s not about me anymore.
It’s about my family.
Feels a little weird being back
in Southgate right now,
but, you know,
it feels like nostalgia, almost.
– Yeah.
Lorenc: Used to live, like,
right over there.
– Yep.
– Like, I walked home
after school.
– Right across the street.
So if Dad is deported, are–
are you ready to go with him?
– I know.
– You might not have
another choice.
– I know.
You’re–You’re 15.
How do you feel about that?
I’m just scared
more than anything.
I try to look at the positive
in everything.
– Eric: Right.
– I don’t wanna think
about our family
being torn apart.
I try to think that, you know,
Dad’s gonna get
his fugitive label taken off.
He’s gonna get
that stay of removal.
He’s gonna be put on a path
to citizenship,
and, you know, we’ll all be…
– Eric: Together.
– Together, yeah.
– Eric: Yeah.
Lorenc: This place is
really nice during the summer.
They have two pools
on both sides,
and we always went every day.
Not every day but at least
four or five times a week.
My–My brother loved it.
We’d buy, like,
a Little Caesars $5 pizza,
Pepsi, and that would be
our whole day. [ chuckles ]
We would come back, and then,
you know, watch some TV,
go to sleep, and that was
a good day for us. [ chuckles ]
We didn’t do anything special,
and it didn’t cost much.
Your situation is part
of a bigger struggle
that is going on
The most basic part
of a society of a country
is how it takes care
of families.
We’re fighting for–
for your family,
but at the same time,
we’re fighting for our families.
Mann: The most basic unit
of society is the family,
and if we fail to protect
the idea of family,
wow, this is all this–
this man is trying to do.
At least until now,
they have not come
in any of these church
sanctuaries around the country.
One of the reasons is
it’s an old, old tradition.
It’s beyond the law.
The grounds of a church
are special.
The pressure on the sanctuaries
is really a symptom
of this struggle
that is going on
for the soul of this country.
So I asked our person at
Michigan United who works most
with ICE about how can
we deliver these letters.
Like, we can do something
creative and playful
that shows…
– Woman: Well, Rashida
shoved them under the door
last time
they wouldn’t let me in.
– Right.
ICE feels untouchable.
It feels immune
to public opinion.
It feels like they can do
whatever they want,
and we can’t say anything
about it.
I don’t know what it’s going to
take to convince ICE,
but we’re gonna try
all that we can
to just be heard by them.
So we need to think about, like,
what’s a visually compelling way
to deliver letters
to such a cold federal office?
The field director
of our regional office
has the power to grant Ded
a stay of removal,
that Ded can stay here legally
with Flora.
We’ve been asking her
to do so,
and they still haven’t
really responded.
Woman: Right, and that’s
our goal. Right.
Mary: I didn’t think I would
be doing this in my retirement.
Neither did Arthur, I’m sure.
You know, um, we could be
on a beach in Florida, I guess,
but this is important.
If we don’t speak up now,
who have we left?
If Ded is deported, Eric–
he’ll probably be put
into the foster system,
and that leaves Flora
as a ward of the state.
Really? Is that what we are
as a country?
Trump: It’s DACA.
We’ve been talking about DACA
for a long time.
I’ve been hearing about it
for years.
Woman: The program is
Deferred Action
for Childhood Arrivals,
known as DACA.
Woman 2: The Administration’s
announcement that
it’s gonna end DACA…
– Man: The U.S. will now
stop accepting new applications
for the program.
Roxanne: I never told
any of my friends
of my legal status.
The reason I didn’t wanna
tell anybody
was because I felt embarrassed.
I registered for my DACA
when I was maybe 13 or 14.
DACA granted me to have
Social Security,
a Texas state I.D.,
and a driver’s license,
as well as being able
to hold a job
like a normal U.S. citizen.
[ faucet runs ]
But I, unfortunately,
had it taken away.
I was 17 when my DACA
wasn’t renewed.
In the moment that I tried
to renew my DACA,
I wasn’t aware that
I had an open case.
I was caught stealing.
This was literally the day
before prom.
Me and a friend–
we went to Walmart.
It was very dumb.
Nail polishes, makeup.
Anyone who loses DACA,
it’s usually
a criminal conviction,
even for low-level misdemeanors,
and so someone who has DACA
and has a low-level misdemeanor
can still lose
their DACA status.
My fear for Roxanne is that
she could be deported,
and if her dad
wanted to find her
to continue
to sexually abuse her,
to murder her as retribution,
he would be able to do that,
and there would be no protection
for her in Mexico.
If Roxanne’s DACA
had been renewed,
she never
would have found herself
in this tragic place
of deportation.
– Woman: 2 years old, maybe?
– Roxanne: 2.
Roxanne: I remember that.
Woman: Yes, usually woke up
in the morning, and…
[ laughter ]
Christmas, always together.
– Juliana: Always together.
– Remember? We have so much fun.
– Mm-hmm.
– Juliana: Always.
– And Thanksgiving, too.
– Roxanne: Too.
Because your mom,
your uncle, and me, we cook.
You know how I love to cook?
Basically bake.
The apple pies and pumpkin pie.
I think that’s one of
the most memories that we have
that we’ve been so close
with your mom, with you,
with your brother.
[ sniffles ]
[ Celia whispers indistinctly ]
It’s–It’s, um…
[ sniffles ]
Roxanne: Every week
before my immigration courts,
I take it very hard
because I don’t know
if it’s gonna be my last week.
If I were to be deported,
I’m not mentally prepared to…
come across my dad.
I’m–I’m not physically
or mentally prepared
for that.
No matter how much I try
to push it away,
it’s gonna come back.
It’s that unknown,
not knowing where he is
or the fact that he’s not
in jail where he should be,
and just knowing
he’s in the same country,
um, that–that has to be
really unnerving.
It’s just hard to–to…
[ voice breaking ] to feel like
you’re just gonna get
everything taken away
within a blink of an eye.
Roxanne: When I was being
sexually abused
by my own dad,
I felt like I was a slave.
I was like this target.
And I think that’s where
a lot of my depression came from
and my anxiety,
because I was constantly
in fear.
I smoke marijuana
for my anxiety
and my depression.
I was out with some friends,
and I ended up
getting arrested.
[ siren wailing,
police radio chatter ]
Roxanne: The officer found
the marijuana on me.
I was given a complaint form
for possession of marijuana.
Lozano: In a situation like
something that concerns me
as an immigration attorney
is that she has a low-level
misdemeanor conviction,
which the immigration laws
oftentimes treat as a felony.
They punish at the level
of someone who is a murderer.
Roxanne: They have given me
a court date.
I went to court.
I found it very, very suspicious
because everybody
who was in the court
was being fingerprinted
and having their mugshots taken.
I was very concerned
at that point.
When it was my turn
to see the judge,
she had seen that, you know,
my legal status wasn’t…
Essentially, that meant
that I needed to go see
an immigration officer
after court.
I went up to the judge,
paid my court fees,
and right when I’m walking out,
I get tugged on by this woman,
and I turned around,
and I look at her, and I’m like,
“Can I help you?”
And she tells me, “I’m sorry,
honey. You’re being detained.”
Roxanne: My heart sank.
My heart just dropped.
I was no longer in the hands
of Williamson County.
I was in the hands of ICE.
Rosario: Roxanne was detained
by ICE for one month.
She was released
on a $6,000 bond.
Under our immigration law, there
are additional consequences
to criminal activity
that United States citizens
don’t have.
If you get a conviction for
shoplifting, that can trigger
enforcement action
and deportation.
If you have anything relating
to controlled substance,
it’s very, very difficult
to excuse that
or in some way waive it.
So I sleep here. My brother
sleeps on the top bunk,
and my mom sleeps
at the bottom bunk,
and the only reason
it’s like this for right now
is because when I was detained,
they actually had
to downsize the apartment
so that they could have
a little bit more money
to–to go towards my bond.
Upon my release,
they had told me
that I couldn’t go to work,
couldn’t drive.
I had my rights taken away.
This is my home.
For them to tell me
that I can’t do anything
makes me feel
really, really worthless.
Nowadays to defend someone
against deportation,
it’s between $15,000 to $20,000.
You have a right to an attorney,
but you do not have the right
to have a free attorney.
You are going to have to pay
for a lawyer
or you have to defend yourself.
Nadia: My name is Nadia Omar.
I’m a paralegal at
Mackins & Mackins law firm.
We are here to help this family.
They’ve been renewing
a stay of removal
every single year since 2008.
– How are you?
– Hi, Roberto. How are you?
– Good.
– Yeah?
Nadia: They’ve been renewing it
under every administration
until this Trump administration
made everybody become
an enforcement priority.
– Nadia: How are you guys doing?
– Camilo: We’re good.
Yeah? Right. Any news.
So we received an email from ICE
canceling the ICE check-in.
I wanted to read the email
to you guys.
So the email says,
“Ms. Mackins, your clients
will not need to report
until further notice.”
Nothing more, nothing less.
They didn’t give us
any other instructions,
so it’s just been cancelled.
It’s been cancelled,
or it’s been postponed?
– In their words, cancelled.
– Pablo: Okay.
Consuelo: What do you think?
We have no clue what are
they thinking.
We’ve, you know, asked them
numerous times.
Do you think there will be
another meeting?
Nadia: Possibly.
It’s just keep calling,
but then also you don’t want
a next check-in, right?
We don’t want an appointment.
You guys have been pending this
order of deportation for years.
Stay of removals granted,
granted, then denied.
That order is signed by a judge,
ordering your deportation.
Camilo: Do you think they
do that without warning,
or do you think they–
Nadia: They can do it
without warning.
Do you think that’s their plan?
I-I can’t speak for them.
They always say,
“We’re not telling you
any other information,”
or completely ignoring us
or even hanging up on us.
Nadia: You can never trust ICE.
That’s not who is on your side.
It sucks that you guys
have to watch your back.
– Camilo: Yeah.
– Like, and that’s what
is heartbreaking, and to have
to break that to you guys
to let you know you have
to watch your back,
but there’s no way to know
when they’re coming
or when they’re not.
Camilo: So right now is there
anything protecting us?
Nadia: If they’re gonna find
you, they’re gonna find you.
– Wow.
– Pablo: If some cars
were to pull up, like,
right now,
could I go
into my neighbor’s house,
my neighbor’s yard or something
and could they detain me there?
Nadia: If they find you,
they can detain you, right?
– Pablo: So is there any, like–
– Safe haven?
There’s nowhere. Like,
what about a church? Like…
There’s no safe haven.
It’s that order of deportation
that they have.
– That’s so crazy.
– Nadia: I know.
– That’s insane.
– Nadia: And it’s upsetting
because they’re trying
to classify you guys
under this group of priority,
and that’s what frustrating
so much
because you guys are
the last thing
that should ever be a priority.
Roberto: Oh, my God.
Nadia: It’s a lot.
I know.
[ beep ]
– Man: I need you guys

on the right side.
[ dogs barking in distance ]
Man: Yeah, we’re,
uh, we’re good.
He’s not in there.
– Man 2: Okay.
Quinones: So once we make
the arrest out in the field,
we take ’em down
to Los Angeles
to our staging facility,
and they’ll be processed there.
If you look at the news,
I mean, there’s immigration news
always on the forefront.
I think the most difficult thing
about my job
or being an ICE officer
in general
is the scrutiny that we get
from the public.
I think what we do is positive
every day.
They should just be
around the corner.
[ beep ]
Quinones: We’re enforcing
immigration laws,
protecting the public–I mean,
I don’t think you can go wrong.
[ crickets chirping ]
[ flames crackling ]
Pablo: I did not realize
how bad this was.
We’re not safe anywhere.
We’re not safe at school.
We’re not safe at work,
in our house.
Pablo, here, let me…
[ speaks indistinctly ]
– Pablo: Yeah.
– Consuelo: Oh.
Do you ever think about
what would have happened
if we stayed in Colombia?
Do you ever have any regrets
There are many, many, many
families in our country,
they’re kidnapping the kids
because it’s a business
for them.
They kidnapping a little boys.
They kidnap them as, like,
babies like Camilo and…
– Consuelo: Yeah.
– Roberto: Exactly.
It’s a business for them.
It’s disgusting.
– Consuelo: Yeah.
– Roberto: Yeah, it’s a problem.
We knew about many, many
families in the same situation,
and we knew what happened
with them
for the reason
we decided to come here.
– So this was the only option.
– Yes.
Did you ever expect
that our asylum would be denied?
We were in Colombia,
and FARC forced us out,
you know?
– Roberto: Mm-hmm.
Now we’re in the United States,
and we have another group,
ICE, that’s forcing us out.
Did you have the money
to pay FARC?
Roberto: No.
That’s why I think this is
so stupid,
’cause it doesn’t even matter.
We couldn’t have paid it.
Yeah, no, everything is stupid.
It’s stupid right now.
It’s stupid there.
I think sometimes
that ICE is same
with the FARC.
– Consuelo: Not for money.
– Not for money,
peroit’s for a life.
This is the same.
[ crickets chirping,
flames crackling ]
Rosario: So you have
zero tolerance policy,
which means
everyone across the board
who is an undocumented immigrant
takes priority.
That means we’re not actually
targeting criminals.
We’re going after DACA.
We’re going
after elderly people.
We’re going after folks
who have been here
for years and years and years
who have been contributing
tax money and their skills.
Well, if everyone’s a priority,
then no one’s really a priority.
Rosario: We’re squandering
our resources needed
to go after real targets
that should be gone after
rather than a student trying
to get an education.
Does this really make sense
for our objectives going forward
to be safer
and a better society?
[ crowd chanting indistinctly ]
This is the fourth time
we’ve done a public event
for Joel.
Senator Blumenthal’s
gonna be meeting us.
He’s gonna do a pretty quick
kind of press briefing.
We’re hoping for a really big
impact because of that.
It’s often said that the safest
place for an illegal immigrant
is on the front page
of the newspaper
because once you get
enough attention
and enough popular backing,
the immigration service
is less likely to go after you,
so publicity often helps you
avoid the law.
This treatment is an outrage.
He faces imminent danger
if he is deported.
There is no rationale or reason
that a man who has
followed all the laws,
done it right
all the way along,
married to a U.S. citizen
in accordance with the law
should be deported.
That is not only tragic
but a travesty.
Deporting Joel Colindrés
would betray American values
and American justice.
[ cheers and applause ]
No man, country, or system
has a right
to break up a family,
a marriage, and a home.
– I looked that up on Google.
[ laughter ]
It hurts me as a veteran
that this is the same country
which I once left
the comforts and safety
of my home in Connecticut
to help fight a war in Vietnam
for the freedom of others.
What kind of a country
tears apart honest,
law-abiding, hard-working,
tax-paying families?
It’s sinful and inhumane.
– Thank you.
[ cheers and applause ]
Blumenthal: Thank you.
Thank you.
[ cheers and applause continue ]
Oh, I think the dog’s out.
Preston, do you wanna
go bring Reyna up here?
– Sure!
– Thanks.
– [ shouts indistinctly ]
– Hey, wait, wait, wait, wait!
Wait. Joel, he’s a–
he’s a Lexia Superstar.
– He made it to level three.
– Joel: Nice.
[ cellphone rings ]
– Samantha: Oh, it’s Erin.
– Hey.
– Erin: So sorry I didn’t

talk to you all day,
but since 8:30,

and I just got out
five minutes ago.

That’s okay. We have the, uh,
you know, stuff going on,
and Preston just got home,
and I gotta go get Lila.
You think that’s gonna make
all over the hula hoop?
– Erin: So anyway…
– Okay.
Erin: Um…basically…
Are you kidding me?
I can’t. I can’t right now.
It came in last night, and then
we’re just hearing it now?
All right, so now the only stay
we have is with ICE.
It’ll probably deny, too.
– Erin: But so you understand–
– Did they give a reason,
like, for denying it?
– Erin: No.

Ugh! Help me.
The 5th Circuit denied
your emergency stay.
– Preston: Mama.
– Samantha: Yeah.
– Preston: Mama?
– Samantha: Yeah.
– Preston: Can I play with this?
– Samantha: Yeah. Go ahead.
I’m just gonna take off
speaker for a minute
’cause you are with Joel here,
but Preston’s in the room.
I don’t want him to–to hear.
She said there was no reason.
They just deny it.
Like, they don’t put a reason.
And we were really banking
on that one,
’cause I really thought
ICE would deny it,
and I felt hopeful about
the 5th Circuit granting it.
Samantha: I don’t even wanna
make dinner now. Yeah.
Preston: Make dinner?
Mama, I’m hungry.
Make dinner, please.
– Preston: Are you…
– Joel: Oh.
[ sniffles ]
I can’t deal right now.
– I got you!
– Okay.
Daddy. Daddy.
[ Samantha sniffles ]
Mama, what are you doing?
Samantha: Oh, just gonna go
outside for a minute.
[ door opens and closes ]
[ babbles ]
Fuck, fuck, fuck.
Samantha: They denied
his emergency stay
in the 5th Circuit, the one
that we were hoping for,
and Erin just called
and told me.
– [ Samantha sniffles ]
– I-I got quarters.
Samantha: Fucking bullshit!
[ sniffles ]
And we were banking
on the 5th Circuit giving up
because we knew, you know,
how ICE is.
Like, ICE–ICE could not even
rule on his stay,
so we could not even hear, like,
before the 31st.
[ sniffles ]
I can’t fucking believe this.
Tabaddor: I believe there’s
a common misconception
that separating children
from their parents
as a result of
a deportation order
is an exceptional
and extremely unusual hardship.
If you come to the United States
without authorization
and then you decide
to have children,
then that’s like
an assumption of risk
that’s your choice.
It’s a decision you made.
You knew that when you were
having children
that there is a chance that
you’re going to be deported,
so you can’t argue that having
the children or being separated
is exceptional
and extremely unusual hardship.
What’s good? What you doing?
Whassup, whassup, whassup?
I’m gonna go from living
in the city to this village.
Ah, hell no. [ laughs ]
[ laughter ]
There is no Sephoras out there.
Um…maybe I could, like,
get a decent job
because I’m bilingual.
– You could.
– I have my degree.
My mom was telling me,
“You can probably be okay
“being there maybe one
or two weeks, but after that,
like, Roxanne, like,
you’re not gonna make it.”
That’d be some shit,
pretty much.
That’d be definitely horrible.
I don’t know. I feel like hard
knowing that, like,
you’re just a phone call.
I can’t actually, like, see you
and see you and everything.
So it’s like, you’re like the
girl version of me pretty much,
you know what I’m saying?
So you’re like my sister
pretty much,
so… [ inhales deeply ]
That’d definitely hurt a lot.
I’m-a miss you because…
’cause you’re my best friend.
And it’s not easy
losing a best friend.
I’m just gonna miss the fuck
out of you, pretty much.
I feel like…
It’d just be more safer
for you over here.
Got more opportunities
for yourself
and that, um…
you know what I’m saying?
You do everything
you wanted to do.
In a case like Roxanne’s,
her case is very concerning
to me because of the fact that
her father has been deported
to Mexico.
Now if she were to be deported
to Mexico,
he could easily find her.
I believe that there is
no place in Mexico
that Roxanne could go
to be safe.
Roxanne: So what’s the plan?
If I get deported,
we have family in Monterrey,
and I can’t say
I know where that’s at,
but I think that’s closest
to the border.
– Right.
– My most immediate family,
and I guess they would come
and pick me up,
because as far as I know,
when someone gets deported,
they don’t drop you off
where you’re born.
– Mm-hmm.
– They literally just
drop you off at the border.
One thing I did get
from a few people was that
to never look scared,
but I’m like, well, I am scared.
I don’t know these people,
and especially for being
a woman,
you’re more vulnerable
to get hurt.
How am I supposed to, like,
put on this brave face
when I don’t know
what I’m doing?
Lozano: If Roxanne is
ultimately deported,
Roxanne is going to be left
in a dangerous border town,
most likely,
with the resources and the money
that she has on her
with no contacts, with no help,
and nowhere to go.
In my practice, what I’ve seen,
is that once people
are deported,
they cannot make ends meet,
and so they’re left
with one option,
and that’s returning
to the United States.
What is dangerous about this
is it puts them in the hands
of human traffickers.
Big reason why I don’t wanna
go to Mexico
is because of my dad.
– Juliana: Yeah.
Everybody knows who my dad is,
and everybody fears for me
and not for him.
Like, people from his side
of the family contact me.
They know
what I’ve gone through.
He’s been victimizing
way more other people,
and it’s not just me.
– You know, and–
– It’s disgusting.
He deserves to be in jail,
not you.
He had you in a chokehold.
It was just, like, “You say
something, you’re gonna die.”
My parents always told me,
you know,
don’t try to make, like,
really close friends.
Just try–try to be like
a lone wolf kind of thing.
Stay to yourself. And it’s not
because they told me.
Because I knew that, you know,
if I do get deported,
like, how–how would I tell
people that? You know?
They call me to ask me
to hang out.
I’m like, “Oh, yeah, you know,
“I’ll be right over there
from Albania.
I’ll take the first plane out.”
[ chuckles ]
To be honest, I barely know
anything about Albania.
I can tell you a lot
about America. [ chuckles ]
But I can’t tell you much
about Albania.
Lorenc: There’s, like,
six more letters
in the alphabet, apparently.
I wouldn’t even know
where to start.
This event is so important
because Ded and Flora
and the boys
have already been in sanctuary
for over 60 days.
We need to keep the pressure up.
So we can stand in the road.
We’re giving them an opportunity
to keep a family together
that so obviously needs
to be together.
[ crowd cheering ]
Crowd: [ chanting ]
It’s your chance
to do what’s right!
Let them stay!
I could definitely use Lorenc
in the campaign,
but he’s in such
a precarious position with DACA.
He doesn’t wanna be targeted
by ICE.
I feel like if I got up
and spoke,
they might arrest me ’cause
I don’t know what ICEcando
and what they can’t do.
[ amplified voice ]
Welcome. So thank you all
for being here today.
It’s been eight and a half weeks
that the Rranxburgaj family
has been living at
Central United Methodist Church,
and it’s terrifying every day
for Ded, Flora,
Lorenc, and Eric.
Every day they wonder,
“Are they going to force us
to get split up?”
And we all know how horrible
that would be.
We’ve been telling this story
over and over again.
All we’ve heard
is stony silence.
Flora’s M.S. has been
flaring up.
We had to call 9-1-1…
…have an ambulance
take her to the hospital.
If he were actually deported,
nobody would be there
to take care of her.
We’ve received 700 letters
of support for this family.
[ cheers and applause ]
[ laughs ]
If I had five minutes
to sit down
with the field director,
I think I would ask her,
“What would the harm be
in granting this one family
a stay of removal?”
Right? Like, what–
who would it hurt?
Today Roxanne is scheduled
to appear before a judge
in court.
Due to
her financial constraints,
Roxanne must defend herself
without legal counsel.
I already have clothes packed,
not just for today,
but for a few days just in case
something were to go bad.
Roxanne: I try to think
so positive on things,
but when it comes down
to my hearings,
I get so devastated because
I start to think,
oh, this is the last time
I’m gonna be able to do this.
This is the last time
I’m gonna see my friends.
This is the last time I’m gonna
see my mom or brother.
– [ speaks Spanish ]
– Okay. [ speaks Spanish ]
Igualmente. Te quiero mucho.
I have my asylum application.
I am very scared
to go back to my country.
Roxanne: If I get deported,
at least I know I tried.
Come here and push me!
Wanna go fast or slow?
Preston: Fast.
[ swing creaking ]
Can I go climb some trees?
– You can.
– Yay!
Samantha: Our world
just completely crumbled.
Joel: I can’t believe this is
happening to me.
– Jump.
– Super! [ speaks indistinctly ]
Samantha: You know, how can they
rip him away from our two kids?
Joel: How I’m gonna tell
my kids now?
Don’t stop me again!
No! [ laughs ]
I wanna go slow.
How I’m gonna tell my kids,
“Oh, I’m sorry. Dad is not
gonna be here for Christmas.
He’s not gonna be here
for your birthday”?
How I’m gonna tell them?
I found some lights!
Samantha: You helped Daddy
put up those lights.
[ children shouting,
Joel laughing ]
Joel: I’m gonna miss
my family the most,
but I’m also gonna miss
this country,
which is–this country have
given so much.
It give me a beautiful family.
I’ve met so many good people.
They care about me.
Samantha: I think I’m strong
enough to handle it,
but, you know, the kids are
still gonna need their dad
to have those kind of moments
that I can’t provide,
you know, for my son
that my husband does
or the Daddy’s little girl
moments with our daughter–
I still can’t provide that.
At the end of the night,
you know, to put them to bed
and to read ’em a story
and to kiss them good night.
[ birds chirping ]
[ jets roaring in distance ]
Samantha: [ voice breaking ]
It’s just the kids
I worry about now,
and… [ sniffles ]
when we kinda spoke a little bit
to our son this morning,
we told him that we found
a house on the beach,
you know, ’cause he’s always
wanted to live on the beach.
[ sniffles ] And that, you know,
Daddy has to go check it out,
make sure it’s safe for us
and get it all ready,
and he was excited,
part of him, going to the beach,
but then when he realized that
he’s not gonna be coming home
and he won’t be coming home
for a bunch of nights
and he might not even ever
come back to this house,
then he got really upset,
and then Preston gave Joel
his two favorite
stuffed animals,
his little ducky and a lion
and then a blanket…
[ voice breaking ]
that smells like him.
[ sniffling ] And, um…
And then he said he would be
strong, and then he just…
wanted to lay
on Daddy’s side of the bed
and curled up and kept crying,
and I said, “It’s okay to cry.”
[ sniffles ] Then he just
covered the blanket
over his head and said,
“I just wanna be here.
I feel very weak now.
I can’t be strong.”
[ sniffles ]
Samantha: This is what
this entire journey has been,
hope and down
and hope and down.
But at least, I guess today,
there’ll be closure
and, you know, we’ll be able
to move forward now
with a… [ sniffles ]
now it’ll be in our control
of what we’re gonna do next,
you know?
Not theirs anymore,
so now we have the power back
to move on with our lives
and be free
and then just be together
without this anymore, I guess.
You know what
your flight time is?
Samantha: It’s 1:00.
We’re a little late now.
How do we know what gate
he’s on?
I will always love you,
all right?
[ Samantha crying ]
Samantha: I love you so much.
Just be careful.
[ Samantha continues crying ]
Joel: See you soon.
Arthur: Be good.
[ continues sniffling ]
Trump: Innocent Americans
are at the mercy
of criminal aliens because
state and local officials
defy our immigration laws.
Man: The Trump administration
has stepped up enforcement
of the country’s
immigration laws,
which has led to
some high-profile deportations
of people who’ve lived
in the U.S. for years.
Trump: Our highest priority must
be the safety and well-being
of our nation’s citizens.
So each case that we, uh,
that we work up,
we, uh, provide a little bit
of background.
We also do an extensive, uh,
review of the case
to make sure there’s a nexus
to immigration, obviously.
Uh, so we look
at the criminal history,
uh, they run the information
related to
where they might be living.
Every day, our officers
are suiting up,
putting a gun on their hip,
and going out there
and arresting egregious criminal
from the street.
[ siren wailing ]
A lot of people view ICE
as a negative force out there.
I think we’re a positive force.
I think we’re
a law enforcement multiplier.
We’re human
just like anyone else.
We have families. We are caring.
We’re loving people.
We’re fathers and sons
and husbands and wives.
We enforce the laws that,
you know, Congress has enacted,
and unless that changes,
then our mission will change.
Pablo: We don’t know how to
plan for it, that’s the thing.
When you get detained, it’s…
it’s gonna be a surprise,
if anything.
It’s gonna be something we’re
not gonna be fully prepared for.
What we’ve been told about
how ICE sort of operates is that
they don’t have, like,
a designated vehicle
like a police officer does.
It’s just random vehicles.
The one thing they do say is
that they don’t have plates.
[ gears shift ]
This is where ICE could probably
do some scouting out,
if anything.
What would we do
if they do come?
Pablo: Our home–
it was a sanctuary for us,
and now we’re not safe
Look around
for any suspicious cars,
’cause they can’t park
really anywhere else,
and then…
We have the cameras. Luna’s
also our guard dog, basically,
and she can–she’ll bark
at anything.
I think this is just
ridiculous right now.
I mean, what are we doing here,
you know?
The only thing separating
just from whatever people are
walking around right now,
the only thing we did was
be born in another place.
Rosario: The Dunoyer family
is awaiting a decision
from the Board of Immigration
Appeals Court.
They still have not heard
from ICE.
Pablo is not
giving up his fight.
He continues to advocate
for his family on social media.
Pablo: I don’t know
what the future holds
for my family, truly.
I don’t know what ICE
has in store for us.
We still have a removal order
on our heads.
This continues every day
for my family.
The best thing
that came out of this
is that I know I’m not alone.
[ wind blowing ]
The judge awarded Roxanne
an additional month stay.
At her next court hearing,
she could face deportation.
I’ve been through worse.
I survived my dad.
I’ve gone through the process
already of being detained.
I will take whatever the judge
has to say that day,
and if I have to do it alone,
then I’ll do it alone.
Samantha: There’s no way
my children can grow up
without their dad.
Can’t get me!
I was in the car the other day
with him,
and I got upset, and I said,
“I don’t really wanna leave
this home,”
and he said,
“Mommy, it’s just a house.”
You know, I have a 7-year-old
putting me in place,
checking me, you know?
He’s like, “It’s just a house.”
He goes,
“We need to be together.
We need to be with Daddy, and
family is what it’s all about.”
And I was, like, “Oh, my God.
You’re 7, and you’re–“
so I was like, “You know what?
You’re right.”
– Preston: Ooh!
– Aah! [ giggles ]
[ Samantha continues giggling ]
Okay. I’m going to bed.
Time to go under the covers.
Go to bed.
The thing that keeps me going
is just imagining
my kids’ faces
when they see their dad.
– [ giggles ] That’s my turn.
– Preston: Okay.
Samantha: And then just being
complete again.
– [ shouts indistinctly ]
– [ screaming ]
[ Preston and Lila shouting
and laughing ]
Lila: Daddy! Daddy!
Daddy! Daddy!
Preston: Oh!
What’s in this room, Lila?
Let’s go look in this room.
Yeah! That’s my room!
What’s in this room, Daddy?
My… [ shouts indistinctly ]
Lila: Mommy, no, he’s gonna…
The other black bag in your car
that looks like this?
‘Cause the woman at the airport
gave me this.
That’s not your–Wait, Joel,
you didn’t even get to show them
and they already found
your surprise.
[ dog barking in distance ]
– Who’s yelling? Joel?
– Joel: Somebody broke in.
Samantha: How did somebody
break in this house?
I thought it was
a gated community.
– What are you talking about?
– It is a gated community.
Look it.
I don’t understand.
Joel: Here.
Samantha: Why–what did you
leave unlocked?
They break through here.
They smash the window.
They open everything.
[ dog barking in distance ]
– Joel?
– Oh, my God!
Guys, wait a minute. Somebody
broke–broke into our home.
They took my wedding ring.
We are in a gated community.
We’re paying for security.
How did they break in?
– Joel: They jump off somewhere.
– What room did they break into?
They break in our room.
Are you fucking kidding me?!
– They stole your cash?
– Yeah.
How much money did you have?
Like $4K.
[ crying ]
[ loud thump ]
Preston: Uh, excuse me, Mommy?
We can climb over that wall.
We could jump up to the wall
over there.
[ dog barking in distance ]
[ Joel speaking Spanish ]
You don’t do scared, buddy.
They just came to take
the stuff.
They didn’t came to hurt us,
[ crying ]
Shh. Everything’s gonna
be fine, okay?
– Okay.
– [ kisses ]
I don’t feel safe here.
Like, that’s the thing.
It’s like, you must have talked
to somebody that knew we were
coming today
and thought that there would be
a lot of stuff to steal.
I didn’t talk.
– My husband was deported.
– Man: No, I understand.
And I picked up my entire life
to come here.
– Man: I want you to be calm.
– And the the first day I’m in,
my house–the house I was
supposed to be just–
Man: I know, I understand.
How am I supposed
to sleep tonight?
– Man: Honestly, I feel–
– Okay?
Man: Okay. Definitely,
definitely yes. I understand.
[ sniffles ]
I don’t feel safe here,
and that’s all I care about,
is my kids being safe.
Samantha: No. Uh…
No, no, there are no robbers,
You’re safe. Don’t worry.
[ sniffles ]
I don’t wanna be here now.
[ sniffles ] But I wanna
take Joel home with me.
[ sniffling ]
[ crickets chirping ]
Joel: I don’t care about what
those people took today from me.
My kids and my wife–
it’s all I have.
And we’re right here.
I wanna do a piggy ride.
This is my–my life.
As long as we’re together,
we’re happy, you know?
I think that money’s important,
but not more than love.
Rosario: Joel currently has
a 10-year ban
from entering the United States.
He continues to fight
his case.
Zundel: So we’re like
David and Goliath here.
I’m hoping that the constant
pressure that we continue
to put on immigration
will do something.
We’re going to stand
for the higher law
and protect this family.
The one thing that has worked
in this type of cases
around the country,
and there’s precedent for it,
is public pressure.
It would have the effect
of at least
making the officials
take a second look.
The more time that goes on,
the scarier it is,
but we’re not gonna stop
until ICE grants Ded
a stay of removal.
I have hope and optimism
that we can do something
that convinces them.
I honestly just want
the most American average life.
I know a lot of people
wouldn’t want that,
but that’s–
that’s probably my dream.
And then family, like,
15 minutes away,
not too close, not too far.
[ chuckles ]
Rosario: Ded is still
in sanctuary caring for Flora.
Caitlin and Reverend Jill
continue to mobilize support
for the Rranxburgaj family.
Lorenc is hopeful he will keep
his DACA status.
ICE classifies Ded
as a fugitive.
Therefore, he is ineligible
for a stay of removal.
Ded is suing ICE to have
his fugitive status lifted.
Is our immigration system
and the way that we define it
making us better? Safer?
How can we fix our problems
around immigration?
There’s not one perspective
or one viewpoint.
There’s not one right answer
in regards to this,
and the only way
we can make change
is by understanding
the problem
and working together
to make said change.
We have to ask ourselves,
is this the America
that we wanna be?
♪ We were made to be free ♪
Man: ♪ Torch’s light is
dripping, people drowning ♪
♪ When they should be swimmin’ ♪
♪ Swimming in an ocean
of freedom ♪
♪ Nation misleadin’,
America bleedin’ ♪
♪ And it just keep recedin’ ♪
♪ With every family that you
see that’s left weepin’ ♪
♪ Split up, expelled,
taken away ♪
♪ Life is too short
to be living this way ♪
♪ Each day walking out
is rolling the dice ♪
♪ Until they get stuck ♪
♪ Frozen like… ♪

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