I am spitting-nails-furious. Through a friend’s post on Facebook, I just read this article in today’s New York Times:
Here are the opening paragraphs:
The letter appealing to President Obama was written in frustration in January, by a woman who saw her family reflected in his. She was a white United States citizen married to an African man, and the couple — college-educated professionals in Manhattan — were stymied in their long legal battle to keep him in the country.
Could the president help, asked the woman, Caroline Jamieson, a marketing executive. She described the impasse that confronted her husband, Hervé Fonkou Takoulo, a citizen of Cameroon with an outstanding deportation order from a failed bid for asylum.
The response came on June 3, when two immigration agents stopped Mr. Takoulo, 34, in front of the couple’s East Village apartment building. He says one agent asked him, “Did you write a letter to President Obama?”
When he acknowledged that his wife had, he was handcuffed and sent to an immigration jail in New Jersey for deportation.
But on Thursday night, Mr. Takoulo was just as suddenly released, after Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials had been questioned about the case by The New York Times.
Long story short, Caroline Jamieson and Hervé Fonkou Takoulo aren’t out of the woods just yet.
Nevertheless, I’m sure that the couple is grateful to the reporter Nina Bernstein and The New York Times for stepping in. In their situation, I’d be as well.
But how many of us write letters/sign petitions/make phone calls on behalf of our loved ones, or the loved one of another?
And quite frankly, how many of us are in a similar situation to Caroline and Hervé, and have not received any help from The New York Times so far, and probably won’t in the future?
Right now, I’m thinking about my show, The Deportee’s Wife. With each performance of my show, am I reducing R’s chances for possibly obtaining his U.S. permanent residency in the future? Am I on some ICE watch list? Is my website monitored? Is this blog monitored?
Are all of us vocal and visible members in the pro-immigration movement running a risk for our loved ones seeking U.S. residency in the future?
And after something like Hervé and Caroline’s story, don’t you dare tell me that I’m being too paranoid.