This story is unbelievable. These parents, both American, are now fighting the Trump administration to stop the deportation of their legally adopted 4-year-old daughter.
I keep saying that I couldn’t hate Donald Trump any more. And then I read a story like this and realize that I’m wrong again.
On Friday, Fox31 in Denver reported that a Colorado family is now scrambling to try to keep their 4-year-old daughter in the United States.
Amy and Marco Becerra are both U.S. citizens and their daughter Angela just started pre-K on Monday.
Amy Becerra works for the state of Colorado. And her husband Marco, who also has citizenship in Peru, works for the federal government.
The couple owned a home in Peru, where Marco is originally from; and a few years ago, they decided to move there and live in the house before selling it. While they were in Peru. little Angela was born on May 24, 2014.
“She was 11 days old when she was brought to the orphanage,” Amy Becerra said.
The child was abandoned at birth because her mother was developmentally disabled and unable to take care of her.
“[Her mother] was treated like a dog. She was chained to the table and sex-trafficked. That’s the reality. No running water. No electricity. Very little food,” Amy said.
“She literally placed this little 5-pound baby in our hands and said do you think you guys can take care of her?”
The couple immediately said yes.
“The unique thing about Angela’s adoption is it’s not an international adoption. It’s a domestic adoption in Peru,” Amy Becerra said.
In April of 2017 Angela’s adoption was finalized in Peruvian court. At that point the couple decided that they would rather raise their daughter back in the United States.
“We wanted her to have the opportunities that are available here, the education that’s available here. The American dream,” Amy said.
But thanks to the Trump administration their dream turned into an absolute nightmare.
Amy accepted a job in Colorado in March of 2017, and she moved back to the states with the understanding that her husband and daughter would follow shortly after.
But the child’s immigration application kept hitting roadblocks and getting further delayed. And her parents couldn’t bring her here because the U.S. does not grant travel visas to anyone in the immigration application process.
After more than a year of delays her parents were finally able to bring Angela to the United States in March.
“So she has a visa. She’s here on a tourist visa that expires Aug. 31,” Amy said.
But then, with less than a month left on her visa, the unthinkable happened. Little Angela’s immigration case was denied.
“We’re both citizens. My husband and I have a full legal binding adoption completed and we have a birth certificate that lists no other parent,” Amy said.
There is an appeals process but there’s no way it will be finished before Angela’s visa expires in three weeks.
“If she expires her visa, she is officially here as an undocumented alien. And legally is at risk for deportation even though both her parents are citizens,” Amy said.
“It’s inconceivable that a child of two citizen parents would have to live out their life as an undocumented alien in this country.”
So now we have yet another example of the Trump administration trying to separate parents and their children. And this child, who was legally adopted, is only four years old.
The family has no idea why Angela’s case was denied. The administration says that a letter explaining the decision will be available in a few weeks. By then little Angela will be here illegally and subject to deportation.