the Cortes family from 120 Days

$26,680 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 431 people in 33 months
NEW GOALS ANNOUNCED FOR 2018! YAEL JUST ACCEPTED INTO THE UNIVERSITY OF MORELIA!

Hello, this is Ted Roach, the director and producer of the documentary, "120 Days." I am trying to raise money to directly help Miguel and Maria Luisa Cortes rebuild their lives and educate their daughters back in Mexico.

If you've seen the film, you know that the Corteses are the family of focus. They were a hard-working, productive, immigrant family living in Raleigh, NC before being split up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement a few years ago. More info on the situation and film at: www.120DaysMovie.com.

Since I started this campaign in 2015, with your help and support of over $20,000 to date, we have now renovated their house in Morelia, installed security fences, updated their appliances, and we have funded Saydrel’s college education! She is on track to graduate later this year (2018). The money you have donated has also helped cover eye surgery for Yael, physical therapy for Maria Luisa’s hip, and kept food on the table as Miguel searched for work. He now has a full time job at a factory in Tijuana. Yael is also currently working in the same factory where they produce luxury leather seat covers, and they both work 10-12 hours per day. Yael has written a letter to you all with more detail which I will post as an update later today.

After talking with the family, we have developed a new set of goals for your continued support in 2018. Yael has recently been accepted into the University of Morelia for film and computer animation studies. She needs help with tuition, housing, a laptop, and some camera equipment at a later date. She has also been accepted to another school in Tijuana for the same degree and is currently trying to decide which is more practical for her situation. Maria Luisa is considering hip replacement surgery at her doctor’s recommendation. This is an old injury that has restricted her movement for years.

For these very worthwhile pursuits, and emergency support when needed, I have raised our overall contribution goals to $50,000 to meet these needs. Your hard-earned money will all go directly to the Corteses, except for the GoFundMe fee which is about 6%.

After spending 4 months with the family and documenting their last days together in the States, I feel very strongly that these people did not deserve to be first torn apart, then forced back to the country they fled over a decade ago. Once I got to know the Corteses and understood why they tried to make a life in the US for their daughters, it reminded me of the same reasons that brought my own Irish forefathers over generations ago.

Miguel and Maria Luisa are ineligible for any legal way to come back to the US where their girls were raised and educated. There is no "line to get into," so the only legal course of action is to help them try to achieve their shattered American dreams back in their home country of Mexico. I want them to have hope and opportunities, both of which are currently hard for them to find. And I personally want to see them rewarded for being courageous enough to stand up and show us all what it means to be undocumented immigrants in the United States today, at great risk to themselves and their extended family.

The Corteses and I would be very thankful for any donations you feel able to contribute. I will continue to post updates and new photos throughout this fundraising effort because I want you to see the money being put to good use. Your help is greatly appreciated, and will honestly give one loving, tight-knit family hope for a better future.

Thanks for your time and consideration, and please email me if you have any questions.

Best regards,
Ted Roach

PS- A few recent pics of Yael and Miguel in the factory (see the updates for other pics throughout the last 3 years):
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YAEL JUST ACCEPTED TO UNIVERSITY OF MORELIA!

Great news, Yael has been accepted into the film and computer animation studies program at the University of Morelia! She has also been accepted at a second college in Tijuana for the same degree, and is weighing her options now about which is the most practical given her situation. We have expanded the campaign goals to help meet these upcoming needs. She has written a letter to tell everyone what she hopes to do with her potential degree, and also what life has been like for the family back in Mexico. Currently Miguel and Yael have moved to Tijuana after finding full-time factory jobs there, and Maria Luisa and Saydrel remain in Morelia. Here's her recent letter:

"Hello friends and supporters,

Moving to Mexico has been an enormous change for us all. Morelia's issue is that despite it’s tourist attractions, it is a city with low job opportunities and the pay is minimum, so we felt it convenient to move out and seek other places in search of better jobs. My father found a job in a construction company in Oaxaca, where he went through difficult times (there was an instance where the company was unable to provide accommodation for my dad and he had to find a place to sleep under a bridge). From there we tried Cabo San Lucas, followed by Tecate, then Puerto Vallarta, and finally Tijuana.

My father was willing to do almost anything in order to bring bread to the table. He went from selling ice cream products on the streets in his free time, while working on a full time job at a Hotel Resort, to a public transportation driver. I tried several jobs too; Hotel Resort receptionist, call center, and English tutor. We sold second-hand clothing alongside my mother in a marketplace. She took a mesotherapy and an organic products course and now produces and sells her own natural lotion, shampoos, soaps and such. As you can see her health has not been a hindrance to contribute as well.

My father too has plans for the future and he plans on being self-employed; he wants to have his own workshop by the time he leaves his current job.

As of now, here in Tijuana, my father and I work at a company that manufactures luxury leather seat covers for autos. My father's average workday is a 12 hr. shift and mine is 10-12 hours as well. We work overtime to be able to cover the household expenses, hence it would be practically impossible to cover all the other expenses related to my career. This is the reason I am asking for your help in order to pursue my career.

I have already been accepted in a University in Morelia (UDEM) and I am so excited, also because I have finally found my passion in life. The career I am looking into is cinematography and animation. The special effects and animation involved in movies just fascinate me so much and I would love to dedicate my time and effort to doing this for the rest of my life. My goal on the long run is to work in the cinema or video game industry. Hopefully, and I will work hard enough to achieve this, I will end up working for projects on the big screen.

Kind Regards,
Yael"

The Corteses and I would be very thankful for any donations you feel able to contribute. I will continue to post updates and new photos throughout this fundraising effort because I want you to see the money being put to good use. Your help is greatly appreciated, and will honestly give one loving, tight-knit family hope for a better future.

Thanks for your time and consideration, and please email me if you have any questions.

Best regards,
Ted Roach

PS- Since I started this campaign in 2015, with your help and support of over $20,000 to date, we have now renovated their house in Morelia, installed security fences, updated their appliances, and we have funded Saydrel’s college education! She is on track to graduate later this year (2018). The money you have donated has also helped cover eye surgery for Yael, physical therapy for Maria Luisa’s hip, and kept food on the table as Miguel searched for work. Many thanks again for all you have done!
Maria Luisa selling her homemade product
At the factory in Tijuana
Miguel working in the same factory
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Hello friends and donors, and Happy New Year!

We have a lot of new supporters this week after multiple PBS screenings across the US over the weekend. Many thanks to you all for watching the film and sending so much support! I have contacted the Corteses to tell them the good news and pass along your latest donations.

Maria Luisa sent several new updates to share, along with photos. She thanks you all, and says the support "has really motivated her and the family to better ourselves day by day." I'll post the whole letter below. Great to hear that Miguel has found a stable job in a fabric factory, that Saydrel is using her child psychology studies to help provide community outreach to agricultural laborers' children in Michocan, and that Yael has gathered her school documents to start applying for college! She also says that the last round of donations provided beds for the recently renovated house (previous donations), a washing machine, a stove, and kitchen gear.

On a more concerning note, Maria Luisa has been rehabilitating an old leg injury that has caused her limited mobility lately. They have had some success but the doctor is recommending surgery for her to regain full mobility.

With this upcoming need in mind, along with the new opportunity to help Yael complete her college education, I am raising the overall financial goal of this campaign from $20,000 (which we reached over the weekend) to $40,000. As the film continues to play to new audiences over the next few years, I am confident that we can both reach this goal, and that the Cortes family will continue to wisely use this opportunity you have so generously provided to better themselves and their community. I am very impressed by all they have accomplished so far, and look forward to hearing their progress through the years!

Here is the full letter from Maria Luisa:
"Hi Ted and Leah!

Hoping everyone is doing great!

Saydrel has been busy with finals and school trips. We're attaching photos of the community intervention at Yurecuaro, Michoacan where she had the opportunity to interact with a community of immigrant agricultural laborers many from Central America who were in need of psychological assistance which she shares with us that it was a very heartwarming experience.

Yael has finally been able to revalidate her school documents and is excited to start looking into colleges to apply! This has really motivated her and the family to better ourselves day by day.

Miguel continues working at the fabric factory. I have continued with the rehabilitation therapy and therefore have seen great results although the specialist recommends a surgery to help obtain full mobility.

We have been able to finally purchase a washing machine, stove, beds and some kitchen utensils etc with the last donations. We want to thank you deeply for the donations that you have kindly sent us.

We wish you all Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
Hugs to everyone .
M,ML,Y,S <3"

Many thanks again from me personally for watching the film and taking an interest in helping the Cortes family. It is very fulfilling and heartwarming for me to see all the good that has been and can be created from this initially tragic story, and that is all because of you. Thank you very much!

Sincerely,
Ted Roach
Christmas 2017
Maria Luisa rehabbing her leg
Saydrel's community outreach in Michocan
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Hello to all supporters of the Cortes family! I'm very excited today to share a direct message from the family, thanking you for all your support and kind thoughts. They've also sent pictures of the progress on their home in Mexico. Here's the message:

"To all our donators:
We want to express our infinite gratitude towards every single person that has contributed with their donations. These have helped us significantly to cope with our situation. They have aided us in the construction of our house, allowing us to install burglar proof doors and security grids, making it a safer home to live in overall. Your donations have also covered some medical expenses. Yael will have an eye surgery in a few days, and Maria Luisa is undergoing traumatological rehab therapy sessions. Miguel and Yael are currently working hard. Your donations have given us an enormous relief off our backs. These are some pictures of the advancements made to our home. We have a few things still pending: the kitchen cabinets, the underground cistern, and some furniture. To each and every single one of you, we want to thank for your sincere wishes and your significant help.

Blessings for all,
M.M.Y.S (Maria Luisa, Miguel, Yael and Saydrel)"

Saydrel also sent a separate note about her educational progress which I will share in a separate update later today. Your donations have also helped her pursue her degree which will be achieved in 2018!

Finally, many sincere thanks from me, Ted Roach, as well. I have received a lot of negative emails and messages since the release of our film, mostly based on political talking points and thinly-veiled racism. However, your contributions and kind messages have given me enormous strength to ignore the trolling and hate, and have shown me that all our hard work really has made a positive impact on audiences. I am forever grateful for your kindness, and for reassuring my faith in humanity.

Sincerely,
Ted Roach and the Corteses
New bathroom with plumbing and flooring
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PS- FILM UPDATE: ITUNES has made "120 Days" a featured 99¢ documentary rental this week, and included it in "new & noteworthy" section, so it's a great time to share/spread the word if you know others who would appreciate this family's story. And please click into iTunes and rate the film/leave comments to keep us on the radar. We actually broke into the top 50 in documentaries over the weekend, very exciting to see the documentary reaching new and larger audiences. Any help in sharing and/or rating greatly appreciated! http://apple.co/1MbnKKM
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Karla Koch Britfeld
18 months ago

I was so heartbroken after watching this documentary. I posted the story to Facebook and got immediate negative feedback from the conservative folks who couldn't be bothered to watch it but were all too happy to reply with nasty, negative invective. Nevertheless, I have told the story to my friends and have forwarded the Go Fund Me information to everyone I know in the hopes that more funds could flow to them. My husband and I donated our Christmas fund to the Cortes family and hope that it will help them a little. The immigration policy we have in United States is simply evil. The Cortes family should be held as an example of the kinds of people we WANT to invite to this country. And we need a clearer path to legalization of residents and a right to citizenship. Something has gotta give. Thank you to the producers of "120 Days". The story must be told.

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Janelle Campbell
17 months ago
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My heart goes out to Miguel and his family. Thank you for doing this documentary, puts names and faces to these families... They are an absolutely beautiful family. He, Maria Luisa, and girls are in my thoughts today. As a mother of two daughters, it touched me see parents just doing what they could to help their children succeed.

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Ambriel NOgmo
17 months ago
6
6

I'll donate what I can at the end of the month, it won't be very much, but as they say "every little bit helps." I too struggle to make ends meet on a part-time, biweekly income. For me the Cortes family represents the 'salt of the earth,' a basic, fundamental goodness, people who are thoroughly decent. Miguel did not deserve to be thrown out of the United States. Americans could learn a thing or two from good people like the Cortes family. I hope to God that they and the many thousands of decent hardworking families like Cortes family, find security, peace and happiness somewhere in this world, despite the very unpleasant, hideous, sick and twisted unjust world that we have which is in a perpetual state of war, with people who don't deserve to be mistreated and countries around the world. I feel positive the earth is struggling to sustain life on our planet as well. Buena suerte, y que Dios bendiga a su familia siempre. And thank you so much Mr. Roach.

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Brittany Heagy Bailey
32 months ago
6
6

Thank you so much for doing this Ted. My family has known the Corteses for many years. We miss them terribly and are disheartened by the updates Maria Luisa's mom gives us. It was so good to see Saydrel's face in the photos. Too much time has passed and I'm glad to see a glimpse of their life in Mexico.

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Wendy A. Patterson
9 months ago
3
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I just saw this film and feel ashamed of the U.S. I feel sick at the right wing policies of this govt. There's nothing to be proud about breaking up families like this. It's heartbreaking... All Americans are immigrants! Quiero decir a la familia Cortes que lo siento mucho... y gracias por haber hecho la pelicula. Suerte.

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Georgia Shields
12 months ago
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It is a shame and totally disheartening to know the lack of concern for human kindness that exists in this country towards our very own fellow human beings. There is nothing worse and more ego based than racism of any form and it is especially hurtful and mean to those who are encountering it as they try to navigate this hell on earth that we have helped establish by not helping this beautiful family. If they can get back here, they can come live with me!

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Nicole Carles
6 months ago
1
1

My husband is Venezuelan and is now a citizen. If either of these beautiful girls decide to go to go to college in the NYC area we would be glad to sponser them by living with us. We can give them room, board, and tuition and amenities.

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Wendy A. Patterson
8 months ago
1
1

And to think this is ONE family...multiple their story by tens of thousands of other immigrants abruptly deported, often back to countries where their lives are at risk, such as El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Or women deported back to places where they were raped and abused. This (US) government is sick...Deport Trump! Impeach now!

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Junior Otrebogir
3 months ago

YES. We raza know the struggle is.real. If would have.come.to.this.then let it be! forget.what.people say or.think...This.is scenario that happens a lot. Family ans many many friends have.done this. i have herd this for many many years since my high school days. people look for wifes or husband who are US born citizens marry them just.for.the simple fact to become us residents. live a better life. HAVE A.CHANCE FOR A* life. But.not go back to Mexico! i dont want to.talk much about my personal life...but i have 5brothers and 3 sisters...and well we have.helped.raza or friends.of.friends. get.their status fixed. with no strings attached what so.ever. We are Raza! that is the only reason we.need! GoodLuck to your greate family. To the dad You are a good man. Same.to.the.wife. To.the.daugthers..i am sorry you girls had to go back.to thaf life in Mexico. but at leaat like.the ending says...You guys.were reunited at the end:) best.of luck.

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Junior Otrebogir
3 months ago

The.dad.couldve have waites a year.or.two years eapecially if.he already had family in mexico. He was going to be.okay. From my understanding his mom and dad lived their in Morelia. So he wasnt going to be so bad. If he waited 2-3 years maybe he couldve gotten a brake with the right people or connections to cross back again. By that time his daugthers couldve been graduating college or.university here in the USA! Not in mexico.

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Junior Otrebogir
3 months ago

MY BROTHER WOULD.HAVE.MARRY YOUR.OTHER.DAUGTHER. 2-3 MONTHS LATER WE ALL DIVORCE( IF THAT IS WHAT THEY WANT...loljk) and they can Get their.citenznship in months and be able.to live.here all there life. ATTENTD TO COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY LIKE ME AND MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS DO.

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Junior Otrebogir
3 months ago

I am going to be straight up honest with this story. It made me extremely.upset to see.this.family. struggle and.go through.this experience an experience that many raza go thru. But.over the years or i should say decades raza has.realize that the struggle is real..First thing that got me upset is the ending. Why did you girls have.to go after your dad and husband.after being here! in the USA!? like hello...do you have.any idea how many people die.until this day trying to ilegally cross the border? the thousands of dollars they pay while trying to cross that rio grande? A lot! Many die trying! Not only.that! but the Violance Mexico is living at the momment. why do that to.your dauthers and.wife? Just sooo upset at the moment. Yes this storywas.in.2005 but i watched the doc yesterday just so upset to see these intelligent pretty girls and hardworking family have to go thru this. LOOK we are raza we need.to look for each other no matter what. This family first mistake.was.to go to.outside resources or 'legal' way to solve.this problem. In a nut shell...I WOULD HAVE MARRY ONE.OF.YOUR.DGTHERS

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Maria Calderon
3 months ago

They touched my heart. They should have stayed in the United States and risked going to another state and disappeared. What would they have had to lose? Being found and deported again? There are other illegal ways they could have explored to stay. I'm sorry to talk like this, but that's what happens when you try to do the right thing and you get kicked in the butt.

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Tania Wright
3 months ago

Wonderful documentary on representing the immigrant plight. Although the story did not end on the note they wanted, the love for each other shines through. That is there true success and that will sustain them through any hard time. A lovely family indeed with beautiful smiles. That truly shows the kind of character they have and that is worth alot. They will be rewarded for their hard work. Bravo to the folks that have given to the fund it shows that we are good people too.

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Jerry Collins
3 months ago

It is Ironic money raised went to install security fence

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Marcos Lopez
6 months ago

Mis mejores deseos para la familia cortez, el documental es el cruel reflejo de la realidad que enfrentamos los inmigrantes en este pais, espero que todas las cosas les salgan bien en su pais de origen. Esta familia es un gran ejemplo de lucha y unidad familiar, valores que en estos dias se han perdido.

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D Jean Patt
6 months ago

The Cortes family have my prayers. So sorry they were not given a chance to become citizens. I have to ask myself why? Why didn't having a solid place in the community make a difference? No wonder the immigrants coming in (legal or illegal) don't give a crap. This government needs to get its act together, and we all need to work the phones and make sure legislation gets in place to make this unfortunate circumstance rare if not extinct! The trouble is once people start skirting the law, the law doesn't get changed. The law has been stretched and broken here at the immigration point. Since no one follows the law (people come in undocumented) then no one sees the point to fix it. And since it's not fixed, people come in undocumented. Those are facts, and we have to hold our legislators feet to the fire to fix it...unfortunately, our politicians have a short attention span. I live in AZ which is on the front lines of the issue. Again the Cortes family didn't deserve being treated this way. We as a country actually NEED citizens, our birth rate is too low. We need citizens like the Cortes family.

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Sugar Masse
9 months ago

Why don't you get them out of that shithole by sending them to Canada as refugees. Surely the girls are in danger of being raped or kidnapped where they live now, Canada should take them, no?

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Barbara Coleman
9 months ago

It’s one thing to be homeless/living in substandard dwellings. But it is another to have this AND live in a place of unfamiliarity. I watched the movie on whroworld 30 minutes ago, with new questions of why immagration laws are so strong towards Mexicans. Could it be unfinished business and that much of the southern portions of the US belongs to Mexico? Bold theft? Build a wall and they will become submissive and/or forget who is in control? As a person of African decent I cannot imagine and my heart aches for what has happened to them. We have known gangs herenin my state and we hear nothing of what happens to them if they are brought behind bars. Tragic that the Cortes are dragged through such injustice! I must research the American and Spanish war in depth — hopefully information hasn’t been too far hidden.

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Karla Koch Britfeld
18 months ago

I was so heartbroken after watching this documentary. I posted the story to Facebook and got immediate negative feedback from the conservative folks who couldn't be bothered to watch it but were all too happy to reply with nasty, negative invective. Nevertheless, I have told the story to my friends and have forwarded the Go Fund Me information to everyone I know in the hopes that more funds could flow to them. My husband and I donated our Christmas fund to the Cortes family and hope that it will help them a little. The immigration policy we have in United States is simply evil. The Cortes family should be held as an example of the kinds of people we WANT to invite to this country. And we need a clearer path to legalization of residents and a right to citizenship. Something has gotta give. Thank you to the producers of "120 Days". The story must be told.

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Janelle Campbell
17 months ago
6
6

My heart goes out to Miguel and his family. Thank you for doing this documentary, puts names and faces to these families... They are an absolutely beautiful family. He, Maria Luisa, and girls are in my thoughts today. As a mother of two daughters, it touched me see parents just doing what they could to help their children succeed.

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Ambriel NOgmo
17 months ago
6
6

I'll donate what I can at the end of the month, it won't be very much, but as they say "every little bit helps." I too struggle to make ends meet on a part-time, biweekly income. For me the Cortes family represents the 'salt of the earth,' a basic, fundamental goodness, people who are thoroughly decent. Miguel did not deserve to be thrown out of the United States. Americans could learn a thing or two from good people like the Cortes family. I hope to God that they and the many thousands of decent hardworking families like Cortes family, find security, peace and happiness somewhere in this world, despite the very unpleasant, hideous, sick and twisted unjust world that we have which is in a perpetual state of war, with people who don't deserve to be mistreated and countries around the world. I feel positive the earth is struggling to sustain life on our planet as well. Buena suerte, y que Dios bendiga a su familia siempre. And thank you so much Mr. Roach.

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Brittany Heagy Bailey
32 months ago
6
6

Thank you so much for doing this Ted. My family has known the Corteses for many years. We miss them terribly and are disheartened by the updates Maria Luisa's mom gives us. It was so good to see Saydrel's face in the photos. Too much time has passed and I'm glad to see a glimpse of their life in Mexico.

+ Read More
Wendy A. Patterson
9 months ago
3
3

I just saw this film and feel ashamed of the U.S. I feel sick at the right wing policies of this govt. There's nothing to be proud about breaking up families like this. It's heartbreaking... All Americans are immigrants! Quiero decir a la familia Cortes que lo siento mucho... y gracias por haber hecho la pelicula. Suerte.

+ Read More
Georgia Shields
12 months ago
3
3

It is a shame and totally disheartening to know the lack of concern for human kindness that exists in this country towards our very own fellow human beings. There is nothing worse and more ego based than racism of any form and it is especially hurtful and mean to those who are encountering it as they try to navigate this hell on earth that we have helped establish by not helping this beautiful family. If they can get back here, they can come live with me!

+ Read More
Nicole Carles
6 months ago
1
1

My husband is Venezuelan and is now a citizen. If either of these beautiful girls decide to go to go to college in the NYC area we would be glad to sponser them by living with us. We can give them room, board, and tuition and amenities.

+ Read More
Wendy A. Patterson
8 months ago
1
1

And to think this is ONE family...multiple their story by tens of thousands of other immigrants abruptly deported, often back to countries where their lives are at risk, such as El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Or women deported back to places where they were raped and abused. This (US) government is sick...Deport Trump! Impeach now!

+ Read More
Junior Otrebogir
3 months ago

YES. We raza know the struggle is.real. If would have.come.to.this.then let it be! forget.what.people say or.think...This.is scenario that happens a lot. Family ans many many friends have.done this. i have herd this for many many years since my high school days. people look for wifes or husband who are US born citizens marry them just.for.the simple fact to become us residents. live a better life. HAVE A.CHANCE FOR A* life. But.not go back to Mexico! i dont want to.talk much about my personal life...but i have 5brothers and 3 sisters...and well we have.helped.raza or friends.of.friends. get.their status fixed. with no strings attached what so.ever. We are Raza! that is the only reason we.need! GoodLuck to your greate family. To the dad You are a good man. Same.to.the.wife. To.the.daugthers..i am sorry you girls had to go back.to thaf life in Mexico. but at leaat like.the ending says...You guys.were reunited at the end:) best.of luck.

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Junior Otrebogir
3 months ago

The.dad.couldve have waites a year.or.two years eapecially if.he already had family in mexico. He was going to be.okay. From my understanding his mom and dad lived their in Morelia. So he wasnt going to be so bad. If he waited 2-3 years maybe he couldve gotten a brake with the right people or connections to cross back again. By that time his daugthers couldve been graduating college or.university here in the USA! Not in mexico.

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Junior Otrebogir
3 months ago

MY BROTHER WOULD.HAVE.MARRY YOUR.OTHER.DAUGTHER. 2-3 MONTHS LATER WE ALL DIVORCE( IF THAT IS WHAT THEY WANT...loljk) and they can Get their.citenznship in months and be able.to live.here all there life. ATTENTD TO COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY LIKE ME AND MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS DO.

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Junior Otrebogir
3 months ago

I am going to be straight up honest with this story. It made me extremely.upset to see.this.family. struggle and.go through.this experience an experience that many raza go thru. But.over the years or i should say decades raza has.realize that the struggle is real..First thing that got me upset is the ending. Why did you girls have.to go after your dad and husband.after being here! in the USA!? like hello...do you have.any idea how many people die.until this day trying to ilegally cross the border? the thousands of dollars they pay while trying to cross that rio grande? A lot! Many die trying! Not only.that! but the Violance Mexico is living at the momment. why do that to.your dauthers and.wife? Just sooo upset at the moment. Yes this storywas.in.2005 but i watched the doc yesterday just so upset to see these intelligent pretty girls and hardworking family have to go thru this. LOOK we are raza we need.to look for each other no matter what. This family first mistake.was.to go to.outside resources or 'legal' way to solve.this problem. In a nut shell...I WOULD HAVE MARRY ONE.OF.YOUR.DGTHERS

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Maria Calderon
3 months ago

They touched my heart. They should have stayed in the United States and risked going to another state and disappeared. What would they have had to lose? Being found and deported again? There are other illegal ways they could have explored to stay. I'm sorry to talk like this, but that's what happens when you try to do the right thing and you get kicked in the butt.

+ Read More
Tania Wright
3 months ago

Wonderful documentary on representing the immigrant plight. Although the story did not end on the note they wanted, the love for each other shines through. That is there true success and that will sustain them through any hard time. A lovely family indeed with beautiful smiles. That truly shows the kind of character they have and that is worth alot. They will be rewarded for their hard work. Bravo to the folks that have given to the fund it shows that we are good people too.

+ Read More
Jerry Collins
3 months ago

It is Ironic money raised went to install security fence

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Marcos Lopez
6 months ago

Mis mejores deseos para la familia cortez, el documental es el cruel reflejo de la realidad que enfrentamos los inmigrantes en este pais, espero que todas las cosas les salgan bien en su pais de origen. Esta familia es un gran ejemplo de lucha y unidad familiar, valores que en estos dias se han perdido.

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D Jean Patt
6 months ago

The Cortes family have my prayers. So sorry they were not given a chance to become citizens. I have to ask myself why? Why didn't having a solid place in the community make a difference? No wonder the immigrants coming in (legal or illegal) don't give a crap. This government needs to get its act together, and we all need to work the phones and make sure legislation gets in place to make this unfortunate circumstance rare if not extinct! The trouble is once people start skirting the law, the law doesn't get changed. The law has been stretched and broken here at the immigration point. Since no one follows the law (people come in undocumented) then no one sees the point to fix it. And since it's not fixed, people come in undocumented. Those are facts, and we have to hold our legislators feet to the fire to fix it...unfortunately, our politicians have a short attention span. I live in AZ which is on the front lines of the issue. Again the Cortes family didn't deserve being treated this way. We as a country actually NEED citizens, our birth rate is too low. We need citizens like the Cortes family.

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Sugar Masse
9 months ago

Why don't you get them out of that shithole by sending them to Canada as refugees. Surely the girls are in danger of being raped or kidnapped where they live now, Canada should take them, no?

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Barbara Coleman
9 months ago

It’s one thing to be homeless/living in substandard dwellings. But it is another to have this AND live in a place of unfamiliarity. I watched the movie on whroworld 30 minutes ago, with new questions of why immagration laws are so strong towards Mexicans. Could it be unfinished business and that much of the southern portions of the US belongs to Mexico? Bold theft? Build a wall and they will become submissive and/or forget who is in control? As a person of African decent I cannot imagine and my heart aches for what has happened to them. We have known gangs herenin my state and we hear nothing of what happens to them if they are brought behind bars. Tragic that the Cortes are dragged through such injustice! I must research the American and Spanish war in depth — hopefully information hasn’t been too far hidden.

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