Macedonio has worked as a laborer and picks up "odd jobs" on the weekends to provide a life for his family. By Orange County standards, they have a humble existence, but believe me, the Morales family lives abundantly. They are frugal, kind and generous and they are content to be with their family.
When my sister Lindsay met Daniel Morales, he was still an undocumented immigrant although the only life he had ever known was that of an American. He attended public school, would study art and graduate from Long Beach University and he paid taxes at his job at an antique store. He was taught to work hard by parents who understood the value of perseverance, integrity and putting your family's needs first.
On June 15, 2012, President Obama signed the executive order, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and Daniel was given a two year stay from deportation as well as a path to citizenship. I remember the tearful call from my sister as we celebrated this victory. It was an incredible moment of seeing young people who had always called this place home, shown the courtesy of compassion by our country's leaders. Daniel was able to receive his permanent residency visa on January 20th, 2017 on the day that President Trump was inaugurated. Having the support from Lindsay's family as well as Consuelo and Macedonio made this possible.
We have entered a new and frankly, frightening season for immigrants, documented and undocumented. Many are living in immobilizing fear and the Morales family is not immune from that. They have decided to apply for permanent residency to avoid deportation and in doing so, they will have to relocate in their native home of Puebla for an indeterminate period of time (between 1-10 years) before they can arrive in Juarez, Mexico for their application date.
They leave behind their 4 adult children who have attained permanent residency and their 7 grandchildren including my nieces Emma and Amelia. For a family that relies on each other and does life together, this is a heartbreaking separation made harder by the challenges of travel to Puebla. It should be noted as well that their application for permanent residency is approved or denied in Juarez in just a few moments by an immigration officer. Daniel himself watched the devastation of what felt like an arbitrary process of deciding who can stay or go.
This fundraising campaign is intended to lessen the burden of moving for the Morales family and will help fund the building of a home for them in Puebla, where they can live comfortably for whatever time period God deems.
It is my prayer that my friends and family feel a burden for this family as I do. Not only because they have loved my sister as their own, but because they are worth it. They are worth every ounce (or dollar) of our compassion.
Thank you for praying for Lindsay, Daniel and the entire family through this transition. Thank you for praying safety over Consuelo and Macedonio as having known family in the US can make them a target for kidnapping.
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