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A family’s battle over deportation

On a recent Saturday morning, Emily Guzman and her 4-year-old son left North Carolina for Lumpkin, Ga., an obscure and tiny town that’s home to the nation’s largest immigration detention center. Waiting at the end of their nine-hour journey was Emily’s husband, Pedro, a Guatemalan immigrant who had been locked away for 19 months. Pedro Guzman was fighting deportation to a country he left as a child — a country where he had no family and no friends. Two days later, a federal judge would decide whether Pedro, a former gang member, had turned his life around, and whether he deserved a prize sought by, and denied, so many: legal residency, and the privilege of remaining with his American family.

Read the full story by Richard Fausset, “Could he be a good American?


  1. June 6, 2011, 12:04 pm

    This is not about his being a reformed gang member. It's about how he got here in the first place. If he did it illegally, he needs to go back and follow the proper procedures.

    By: Concerned American
  2. June 6, 2011, 1:05 pm

    Concerned, that would take to long to do. Plus, being illegal he is exempt from laws…

    By: guest
  3. June 8, 2011, 7:26 am

    Yes, and so should every European in North America.

  4. June 16, 2011, 2:37 pm

    Concerned, had you read the article, you would have noticed that he did not come here illegally. His parents brought him here illegally. That's their mess that he's trying to clean up.

    By: John
  5. June 17, 2011, 2:23 pm

    He was brought here as a child by his parents, he did not come here on his own free will. This country is all he knows and has.

    By: guest

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