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Immigrants deported

This article is one in a series discussing immigration issues through artwork and words, through the eyes of a student.
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The series & assignment

This article is one in a series created by students in Mr. Alex Escamilla's journalism class at Southwest Community Campus. Students were asked to complete artwork and write an article regarding immigration issues in Grand Rapids, and America as a whole. Students worked with artist Reyna Garcia and Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities to complete artwork that best showed their views on immigration.


For more information on the project and those involved, click here.


All artwork will be displayed in an upcoming art show, open to the public.


Users may vote, comment, share, or tweet these articles up until the art show.  The student whose article and artwork receives the most votes, comments, shares, and tweets will receive a special Rapidian award.

By: Magaly C.

December 14, 2011, a father with two children was living a happy, joyful life when suddenly something terrible happened to him. While being at home cooking, the police had gone to this house and asked him if the identification was him. He was scared. So scared he has denied it and that day changed his life.

Police stopped him one week later while he was driving to Holland. They asked him the same question. Once again he denied it but once he said no they asked him for his license. He didn't have one so they took him to jail and he stayed there for two weeks.

His daughter was worried because he never called, visited or anything. She decided to go to his house but when she got there everyone was joined together sad and that's when they told her the news. She broke down crying and almost fainted. She was scared. Then they told her some good news. They were able to visit him.

Now only Mondays the daughter and girlfriend get to see him Calhoun County Jail. They are angry, upset and desperate because it's not fair how they're treating him. They are all anxious to see when his day of court comes and hope everything comes out good without any tragedy.

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