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Bring Mom Back Home

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Dear Stranger,

Please read this letter carefully, as only with these words will you begin to imagine our reality.

Imagine a late night after a long day, a cozy evening in your living room on a Sunday night watching your favorite movie with your mom, dad, and siblings. You are settling in with the warmth of cocoa and the cuddles of a purring cat -in the distance we hear howling from our dog. Five minutes ago we were arguing about who gets the last wings, whether we can sneak off into our room to face-time our friends, or if watching a western film vs a dramady is the best idea. This was a Sunday reality for my family, but from one moment to the next, my siblings have been ripped of the motherly warmth so desired. No amount of cocoa can fix that.

On Oct 29th my mom, Ana Velasco, left to go to Ciudad Juárez for her final step in becoming a legal resident, with the plan to return in a month. On November 5th, after the interview, they said she was declined. As the eldest I found out first, and as the eldest I was the one in charge while my mom and step-father were gone. And I watched as my siblings found out she was declined. You can watch the Notebook as much as you would like, but nothing prepares you to see your beloved ones break down from one second to the next. From moments of laughter, to cocoa, to fighting over wings, they evaporated and caused a drought in all of our hearts. It crossed all of our minds, when was the last time I saw her? I hugged her? Told her I loved her in person? If one of us were crying at night who would console me? Who would advice my sister over Spanish homework? Or answers my 100 questions about this recipe (only to ask her to show me again because I think I did it wrong and her food tastes better). When I come home to visit, will there be burnt sugar cookies or a delicious flan waiting for us? What happens to us now? How are they able to take our mother away?

On November 6th we found out there was hope to bring our mom back. Ana is a mom of three (an 11-year-old, a 16 year-old, and then me, 24), she is a wife to her husband, who is currently disabled (he is waiting 2 major shoulder surgeries) and unable to work. My mom was the one that worked 5 to 7 days a week, including occasional graved yard shifts as a caregiver, and pushed through the physical pain, all to provide for her family. She has built solid, and loving friendships with all of her clients and their families. So much so that in tough times they have all reached out to us (my siblings and I) to check on us. We can’t thank them enough for a simple hello.

Funds will be used to help pay lawyer fees, house bills, and if it’s a possibility, so my brother and sister can see our mom. Maybe with a stroke of luck and generosity, from you, lovely stranger, my family can see her this Christmas. Your support is priceless. I find it endearing you read this far. 

If you are able to donate and support our goal, there is simply no greater words to thank your generosity with. We will update the story as it progresses. If you are unable to donate, we understand. A simple share if you read this story will help.

Thank you for reading my letter, dear stranger.

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Estimado extraño,

Por favor lee esta carta con cuidado, solo con estas palabras comenzarás a imaginar nuestra realidad.

Imagínese una noche después de un largo día, una agradable velada en su sala viendo su película favorita con su mamá, su papá y sus hermanos. Tu estás acomodandote con lo caliente del chocolate y los mimos de un gato ronroneando, en la distancia oímos aullidos de nuestro perro. Hace cinco minutos estábamos discutiendo sobre quién se lleva las últimas alas, pensando si podemos escapar a nuestro cuarto para llamar a nuestros amigos, o descutir qual pelicular ver. Esta era una realidad para mi familia, pero de un momento a otro, mis hermanos han sido arrancados del amor maternal que tanto necesitan. Ninguna cantidad de chocolaté puede arreglar eso.

El 29 de Octubre, mi madre, Ana Velasco, se embarko para ir a Ciudad Juárez a dar su último paso para convertirse en residente legal, con el plan de regresar en un mes. El 5 de Noviembre, después de la entrevista, dijeron que fue rechazada. Como el mayor, descubrí primero, y como el mayor, yo era el encargado mientras mi madre y mi padrastro se habían ido. Y vi como mis hermanos descubrieron que ella fue rechazada. Puedes ver todas las película tristes, pero nada lo prepara para ver a sus seres queridos dividirse de un segundo a otro. Desde momentos de risa, a chocolaté, a luchar por las alas, se evaporaron y causaron una sequía en todos nuestros corazones. Cruzó todas nuestras mentes, ¿cuándo fue la última vez que la vi? ¿Yo la abracé? ¿Le dijo que la amaba en persona? Si uno de nosotros llorara por la noche, ¿quién me consolaría? ¿Quién aconsejaría a mi hermana sobre la tarea de español? O responde a mis 100 preguntas sobre esta receta (solo para pedirle que me muestre otra vez porque creo que lo hice mal y que su comida sabe mejor). Cuando vuelva a visitar, ¿habrá galletas de azúcar quemadas o un delicioso flan esperándonos? ¿Qué nos pasa ahora? ¿Cómo pueden llevarse a nuestra madre?

El 6 de Noviembre descubrimos que había esperanza de traer de vuelta a nuestra madre. Ana es madre de tres hijos (uno niño de 11 años, una niña de 16 años, y luego yo, de 24 años), es la esposa de su esposo, quien actualmente está discapacitado (está esperando 2 cirugías mayores de su hombro) y no puede trabajar. Mi madre fue la que trabajó 5 a 7 días a la semana, incluidos los ocasionales turnos de guardería como cuidadora, y empujó a través del dolor físico, todo para mantener a su familia. Ella ha construido amistades sólidas y amorosas con todos sus clientes y sus familias.

Tanto es así que en tiempos difíciles todos se han acercado a nosotros (mis hermanos y yo) para ver cómo estamos. No podemos agradecerles lo suficiente por un simple saludo. Los fondos se utilizarán para ayudar a pagar los gastos de abogados, las facturas de la casa y, si es posible, para que mi hermano y mi hermana puedan ver a nuestra madre.

Tal vez con un golpe de suerte y generosidad, de parte de usted, mi familia puede verla esta Navidad. Tu apoyo no tiene precio. Me parece entrañable que hayas leído hasta aquí. Si puedes donar y apoyar nuestro objetivo, simplemente no hay palabras más grandes para agradecer su generosidad.

Y si estás enterizada, vamos a actualizar la historia quada qué avanza.

Si no puede donar, entendemos. Simplemente compartir si lees esta historia, ayudaría's muchísimo. Gracias por leer mi carta, querido extraño.
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Mrs. Ana Velasco was interviewed in Mexico, this video tells you her side of the story and a little insight on the situation; at the end it tells about the current status for her husband who is currently in the hospital.
Due to the emergency surgery Martin had, he has been hospitalized for a little over 3 weeks now. These emergency circumstances have led to Ana being able to apply for a special visa which will hopefully bring her here during the process of waiting to hear back about her status.
We need her here now more than ever. With Martin in the hospital, and her in Mexico, it has been really hard on the young ones. Currently the eldest siblings have been helping as much as we can. But we need her here, for her warmth and support, and the care and guidance she is able to provide.

https://vimeo.com/313480821
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Hello,

We would like to inform our lovely donors and followers of recent updates:

1. Because of the donations we were able to send my siblings and step-father to Mexico to visit my mom. This would not have been possible without you!

2. An anonymous donor has helped us complete the first complete the first step in government fees for our lawyer to send the pardon, again, we cannot express our gratitude. It is because of the collaboration of everyone that we are one step closer to getting our mom back home. We will update when this is sent out (every detail and paperwork has to be filled out correctly before it is ready).

3. Special gratitude to our school district for accommodating and keeping on eye on the young ones. Teachers, staff, and faculty have helped in ways we will be eternally grateful for.
Special thanks to The Michigan Support Circle who has helped us share this link, and has provided us with support with their time, information, and simply listening.
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Thank you for all your help, they were able to visit mom for the holidays.
They wouldn't be there without you.
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Update 2:

Hello,

Here's a quick update for everyone:

1. All the letters and forms have been complied and sent to our lawyer. Come time after the holidays, the form should be sent out.

2. After a long decision between the family, it was decided they would go to Mexico. As it stands, my family is on their way as of yesterday to visit our mom, Ana.

This would not be a possibility for them if it were not for each and everyone one of you.

We love you and are eternally grateful.

Thank you,

Alicia

P.s. Happy holidays
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