Maria Came to the USA from Mexico at Age 16 as an Illegal Immigrant…
Watch Maria’s story regarding coming to America illegally from Mexico.
Maria and her boyfriend made it across the border and found work on a farm.A major reason she came to the U.S. was because of problems at home. America offered an opportunity for a new life. After making her way to Georgia, she received her first paycheck of $250, which at the time seemed like way too much.
Eventually, she and her boyfriend were married. While she was pregnant with their 4th child Maria’s husband became abusive. He regularly abused and threatened Maria that he’d kill her. He eventually returned to Mexico, warning if she returned, he would kill her.
Now Maria lives in the USA as a single mom of four. Her children are U.S. citizens, while she is not. Maria’s citizenship status is still one of an illegal immigrant, even though she pays taxes. She’s working currently, cleaning houses to support her children.
This story is heartbreaking, to say the least. Maria lives in constant fear of deportation back to Mexico, separated from her children.
Maria’s story is not unique. God only knows how many families face similar trials and challenges. What can the Church do to help families in similar situations to Maria?
Could the Church begin working with immigration departments to see illegal immigrants gain citizenship in a lawful way?
Something can be done. The Lord has the answers. If the Church stepped up praying over this issue of immigration and took action, the future of families in need, similar to Maria’s, could be properly and righteously addressed.
What do you think should be done for illegal immigrants in Maria’s position? How would you like to see the government handle this case? Would you consider opening your home to her children if for some reason she was deported?
Demonstrating love, especially to a stranger, definitely has a cost to it. The question is, how much are we, as the Church, willing to pick up our cross, as the Lord did for us?