This Family Belongs Together

Carlos, Gloria, and their children are in an impossible crisis. Not long ago, while Carlos and Gloria were at work, ICE agents entered their place of employment and took them into custody for being undocumented workers. Their arrest came as a shock to them and to their children who found themselves suddenly parent-less in a community where they had largely kept to themselves.

For over ten years they have lived a quiet life, earned a modest living, but have been contented to be able to give their children a chance at life in Springfield, IL. They paid their bills on time, and they paid taxes knowing full well they would never be able to benefit from many of the resources they were paying into. Their criminal records are spotless. 

For reasons still unknown to them, they were targeted by ICE. Tragically, both parents worked at the same establishment,  and they were both working the shift when ICE came in. After a short while in detention, the couple's eldest child was able to gather $4,500 to have Gloria released on bail. The father of the family, Carlos,  is still in detention and a bond has not been set. Gloria is on 24/hr-a-day house arrest. She cannot go to church, she has to request special permission to seek medical care or to attend meetings at the children's school.

Needless to say, the family is devastated. They are innocent, hard-working people who have been targeted unjustly and need help.

Springfield friends: This family is your neighbor. Their children have played with your children in the park, they have learned to read and write alongside your niece or nephew, they have played sports with your little cousin, you have exchanged smiles at the grocery store. 

Your neighbors are facing possible jail time, deportation, and permanent family separation for the "crime" of trying to give their children a safe life in which they too would have the chance to become fulfilled and contributing members of society.

Please consider donating what you can to help them.  Because Carlos and Gloria, the breadwinners of the house, are unable to work, the family needs help with the following bills for approximately 3 months:

Rent: $325 
Electric: $257
Gas: $30
Internet: $158
Food: $300

They will  need anywhere from $4,500 to $10,000 to pay the for bond for Carlos. 

I am setting the goal at $7,800.  I will transfer the money directly to the family. If you feel more comfortable donating to an organization in their name, please send donations to the Springfield Immigrant Advocacy Network earmarked as Gloria & Carlos. 

In the trajectory of our human history, there are the proverbial hills and valleys. Keeping our eyes focused on the horizon makes difficult times feel manageable. Believing that over time things will be better keeps us motivated to keep working for the world we want to see. Along the way, however, there are people who fall into crevices within those valleys, and they don't make it out. Not without a great deal of help.

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Valeria Cueto 
Springfield, IL

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