Carmen and I went for a long walk to the next neighborhood up the road from ours, called Naranjos, 30 minutes by foot and further into the country. We stopped to visit a woman who owns a small convenience store who has a daughter Carmen’s age.
Marina has 3 children, the last of which is 7, and so severely disabled he will remain an infant forever. He cannot walk, and has little muscle control – this began shortly after he was born. Despite his disability, he is a very happy boy. He sits on his mother’s lap, as if he were a 2 year old. She is very affectionate with him, and he in turn is very responsive, always smiling and cheerful.
This poor woman was left a widow maybe 5 years back when her husband tried to migrate to the United States. He was killed in a car accident, along with 6 others, in a car driven by Coyotes while in transit.
If any immigrant family could get permission to migrate via some type of special exception, I think hers would qualify. I know of no exception in our immigration laws to obtain a work permit for extraordinary circumstances; because truly, the list of persons worldwide who live with a struggle like this is millions of persons long – many more than the approximately 1 million people allowed to legally immigrate to the United States each year. I think most Americans who could have met this man and know his story would be sympathetic towards his cause, and perhaps even knowingly protect him. If he made it, that is.
One would think the Coyotes would drive slower, if not for the safety of their passengers, but to avoid getting busted, considering the penalties for human smuggling. Apparently, greed only drives them harder. Each warm body is literally thousands of dollars in their pocket – so the faster they marathon immigrants to their destinations, the sooner they return to the frontier to ready up their next load of cargo.