The US Citizen children of undocumented parents live with the reality that someday they will come home to an empty house.

February 22, 2017

Living in paradise has its limitations. Hurricanes. Sucky sports teams. And as a lefty liberal, I have to reconcile the fact that although it is the 21st century, this is still the Deep South with its history of Jim Crow laws. I have had incidents of blatant racism. If I had a nickel for every pejorative or insulting jokes I’ve had thrown at me….

After 9/11, I had “the talk” with my boys. They had heard a similar talk each year when preparing for hurricane season.  This time we talked about what to in the event of a terrorist attack here in Tampa Bay, home of Macdill, the heart of CENTCOMM & SOCOMM.  They didn’t want to talk about it having lost family and friends that fateful day. But as a parent I had to do it.

Years later, after Sandy Hook, I had another talk, this time with my daughter. What to do in the event of a shooter incident. She cried, we had been crying for days thinking of those children whose last moments on earth were filled with the worse of humanity.

As a light skinned Puerto Rican, I have not had to have the Driving While Black/Brown talk with them.  I know many of my family and friends do THAT talk with their kids and my kids know it.

Now I go around the community having a different talk. Teaching parents to have another type of talk with their kids.  The US Citizen children of undocumented parents live with the reality that someday they will come home to an empty house.

Where do they go? Who do they call? A lot of them will be taken in by family or friends until reunification can be arranged.  For others they may end up in the child welfare system.

I encourage all who find themselves in these circumstances to meet with a family law attorney who can draw up the necessary documents to prepare in the event they get rounded up in the mass deportations expected to take place in the very near future.

Hug your loved ones close. You have no idea how lucky you are.

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