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Unjust act

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 Darla R.

Lalo Rodriquez, father of three children, was deported in July of 2009. He was a lovely father and husband. He was a man that would do anything for his family.

He was about to go to work, and around 3 p.m. he walked out of his house. The police were there and ready to take him away. Two officers arrested him on the spot, with family watching in horror. They couldn't believe the father and husband they loved was suddenly snatched before their eyes. Lalo Rodriquez spent two years in jail, and then was deported back to Mexico.

His wife and children struggle daily with their loss. They are facing challenges they never dreamed of. It is their faith and strong will that will get them through these hard times.

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