I want to share a real story with you. Joe has left the ranch early to pick up his kids, Ben, and Mary, who have gone from school to their church youth group. Joe is focused on getting home to complete his chores before dark. As he and his kids walk from church to their car, uniformed men approach and tell Joe he needs to come with them immediately. Amid tears, shock and fear, it is decided that Ben will drive Mary home and tell Mom what is happening. Days become weeks, then months and their father is not returned. Mary goes from a healthy, engaged student to a fearful, traumatized child with one illness after another. Even with Mom working full time, Ben is forced to drop out of school and get a job to help support the family. They lose their home and are forced to move into a cheap motel in town. The American Dream has become a nightmare for Joe’s family and two children are shoved to the fringes of society, making their success unlikely.

These are children raised in Montana, with the same values and dreams your kids have for the future. Deportation shatters families.

Becky Taylor

Billings

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