Published On: Tue, Jul 25th, 2017

Life for a deportee family in SMA

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Jesus is not ready to tell his story even though there is much local interest in putting a name on the story of U.S. deportation of undocumented Mexicans.

In fact, even Public Radio International is interested, and their reporter will be at Rotary Tuesday, August 8, at 12:30 when Jesus’s wife will share her family’s challenges in giving up life in her country for the sake of family unity here in San Miguel. The meeting will be free and in English.

“If there is one life lesson I have learned from all this, it is how to surrender,” said Katerina Barron, who is married to Jesus. “Jesus was deported on June 6, and that was a moment of relief for us,” she continued. “It meant the past four months of the pain of separation while he was detained was finally over,” said Barron. “We are now facing new struggles in a country we barely know,” she continued.

Jesus, Katerina and their two children

Jesus has spent less than a year in Mexico since 1991 when he first crossed the border as a three-year-old. Barron will speak on the fear she and her children felt as the family of an undocumented worker in the US. “It was devastating to see him handcuffed, trapped, and forced to leave a country he had been in most of his life,” said Barron. “Every decision I made from the first moment of this saga was for the sake of unity,” she continued. “Family is everything to us,” she went on.

“There have been joys as well as heartache,” said Barron. “We were fortunate to be able to reunite,” she continued. “Many families have both parents deported and don’t have the money or support that we have had,” continued Barron. “I believe that you should allow life’s struggles to teach you lessons that you can share to help others,” she concluded.

Barron grew up in Arizona and worked in education and advocacy for special needs children and adults. She will be introduced by Robin Loving, who is volunteering with a local group of citizens interested in Mexico’s Somos Mexicanos program to help deportees.

Katerina and Jesus

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Rotary Presentation

  • Title: Life for a Deportee Family
  • Date, time: Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 12:30 p.m.
  • Where: Hotel Mision
  • Address: Salida a Queretaro 1
  • Extra info: (415) 112 3413
  • Free addmission



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