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Imagery of Trump Ripping Families Apart

Like the Gestapo in Nazi Germany, is ICE going too far

Kris LaGrange's picture
Aug 17, 2017

We can all understand the frustrations when you are in the Building Trades and there is someone browner than you, building something for half the wages your union bargained for. That’s why 40% of all Building Trades members voted for Trump, because he said he would deport them. Like the rest of the nation they were conned.

If you go to any major city or growing city where construction is taking place brown people are still on the job sites. Why? Because for the most part they have a legal right to be here. Instead of delivering on his promise and reforming immigration while deporting criminals, he is taking out these people below. Below the staff of UCOMM has been tracking stories of good people getting deported for no reason at all other than to satisfy Trump's lustful rage to fuel bigotry and hate across the nation. As a warning the below stories are not embellished, the tears of these children are real and there is nothing great about this at all.

Joel Colindres was deported this morning after living and working legally in the United States since 2004. As a young man he fled the drug dealers and gangs, the bad hombres Trump is so afraid of, in his native Guatemala and immediately turned himself in to ICE when he entered the country. Colindres leaves behind a wife, two children, a job he has worked at for the last 12 years, a house he built and an unfinished playset that has been building so his young boy can see over the tree line. You can find more out about Joel here. Photo by Save Joel Colindres.

Pictured above are Yadira Munguia, right, of San Rafael, sitting with her daughter Mirna Mejia, 16. Their husband and father Hugo Mejia and coworker Rodrigo Nunez were arrested and detained going to work. The two men, who are union brothers with IUPAT DC6. Hugo leaves behind a wife and 3 children, while Rodrigo, an assistant baseball coach for his son’s Little League team, leaves behind a wife and three small children.

Mother of four children all under the age of 14, Maribel Trujillo Diaz was arrest and deported on April 19th. Diaz was living in Ohio at the time. Prominent politicians like Senator Sherrod Brown, Senator Rob Portman, and Governor John Kasich all told the press that they did not want to see her deported, and sent personal requests to ICE asking for leniency. She was sent back to Mexico, where her brother was kidnapped by the cartel called La Familia Michoacana. Trujillo, the primary breadwinner for the family leaves three children Oswaldo,14, Alexa, 12, Gustavo Jr, 10, and Daniela, 3, all who are U.S. citizens and a disabled husband Gustavo has a medical condition that makes it difficult for him to work. Her baby, Daniela, experiences seizures. She was deported on April 19th.

This photo of a mother saying goodbye to her two young children was taken by Justice for Our Neighbors, a United Methodist Immigration Ministry.

Maria Mendoza-Sanchez, left, gives a goodbye kiss to her 21-year-old daughter Melin Sanchez, as she, her husband Eusebio Sanchez and their 12-year-old American-born son prepare to depart to Mexico City from San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. After living for more than 20 years in the United States, Maria and Eusebio were forced to leave the country after the last petition to stay in the country was denied by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Their three children, 23, 21, and 16, will stay in Oakland, in a home their parents bought a few years ago. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Idalia Fuentes-Morales was pulled over and arrested on her way to her kitchen staff job at Hampton Inn in Bedford, New Hampshire at 4:49 AM in February. On April 3rd, she was deported to Honduras, a country she hasn’t seen in two decades. She currently lives with a niece in San Pedro Sula, a city that was named in 2014 the most dangerous place on Earth. Aside from her niece, the rest of her family, her mother, father, siblings, husband, and three children, all live in the United States. Fuentes-Morales’s thirteen-year-old daughter now barely leaves the house. She sits alone in her room. Often, she will ask to sleep next to her father, curled up on her mother’s side of the bed.  Read more in the New Yorker.

Angelica Martinez wipes a tear off her eye during a press conference discussing her dad's, Gerardo Martinez, detainment by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at FIEL Headquarters Friday, March 17, 2017, in Houston. Martinez was pulled over because of a broken tail light by the Galveston County Sheriff's Office, while on his way to a doctor's appointment, and was arrested before being detained by ICE officials. Martinez, the family breadwinner, now leaves behind four daughters and a wife. Martinez had lived in the U.S. for more than 25 years. Taken by the Houston Chronicle

Undocumented immigrant and activist Jeanette Vizguerra, 45, stands with her children Roberto, 10, and Luna Baez, 12, as she addresses supporters and the media while seeking sanctuary at First Unitarian Church on February 15, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. Vizguerra, who has been working the United States for some 20 years, and her children will be living in a room in the basement of the church hoping to avoid deportation after the local office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement denied a stay of her case which would lead to her immediate deportation. Photo by Marc Piscotty

Jesus Lara Lopez, who worked at a packaging facility in Willard, Ohio, was seen off by family and about a dozen supporters at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in July, according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer. He has no criminal record, has paid taxes, and did not receive food stamps.

Dolores Bustamante Romero was born in a small rural town near Mexico City. At sixteen, she moved in with a man in his early twenties who verbally abused her. They had four kids together. When she was 30, a man at work offered to help her get to New Jersey. She did, but had to leave three of her four children with her mother. She took her three year old daughter, and sent money home for the others. She found an apple-picking job in upstate New York that helped her settle in. She worked with Mujeres Divinas, an organization that helps women working agricultural jobs. She became an active member in her church and got involved with the Worker Justice Center of New York. She was supporting her children in Mexico and her daughter in New York. In early October 2014, she was pulled over and arrest by Border Control. She was released under supervision thanks to the Workers Justice Center. She was doing fine, until the legal landscape shifted. On March 15th, she stood in a courtroom in Batavia, New York, facing imminent deportation. Her lawyer convinced the judge to grant an extension, and now she waits for the court to determine her fate.

Kamiran Taymour fled Iraq during the First Gulf War, living in a refugee camp in Turkey before being granted asylum in the United States. A convert to Christianity, he has lived in the United States since 1993. He owns an Auto Collision Shop. Taymour, along with 100 other Iraqi refugees, is currently sitting in jail stuck in the middle of a legal battle to protect these refugees who would almost certainly be murdered should they return to Iraq. Taymour has three kids ages 13,12 and 9 as well as a wife.

Katie Hogan and Brian Young contributed to this story.

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