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Life in the shadows

"Life in the shadows" Continued...

Issue: "Believing in Iraq," May 17, 2014

Regardless of why they’re here, David Crosby, pastor of First Baptist Church in New Orleans, said what matters is that they are treated fairly while in the United States. He told me immigrants played a big role in rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and yet his church routinely sees them become victims of theft, assault, rape, murder, and other crimes—with no legal or medical recourse. “They cannot and will not access medical care and police protection. Because it’s unsafe for them, it’s unsafe for all of us.”

For Angel, Alex, and Ashley, life without their wife and mother continues. After Maria was taken, Ashley began having frequent panic attacks and withdrew from her high school. She has since returned and is considering several state universities that have accepted her for the fall term. She said losing her mom has allowed her to learn a lot, including how to cook and be a housewife—and how to forgive.

“I don’t blame ICE—I know they’re just doing their jobs,” Ashley said. “It’s very hard to not have your mom, but I’ve learned forgiveness through all that’s happened. … Our faith in God is very strong.”

J.C. Derrick
J.C. Derrick

J.C. is a reporter in WORLD's Washington Bureau. He spent 10 years covering sports, higher education, and politics for the Longview News-Journal and other newspapers in Texas before joining WORLD in 2012. Follow J.C. on Twitter @jcderrick1.

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