Julio Reyes was a good father and husband to his family, caring deeply for their welfare — even though his own experience as a child was one of abandonment and exploitation. He worked from dawn until dark to provide for their needs.
He was in the unfortunate position of being undocumented, and was also denied access to even an elementary education. In a confrontation with the police, his confusion and lack of understanding led to resistance, turning a traffic stop into a felony.
The result is that his wife and children may never see him again. After 47 years as a de facto citizen of Taos, deportation will throw a good man into a world he is unequipped to deal with.
Although he is undocumented, he was a good citizen. The law declares he must pay the price of expulsion. Legally, this is so, but in this case it is a true miscarriage of justice.
Condemning him to separation from those dear to him for his remaining years is surely not a just answer to the problem of illegal migration. I hope that justice in such cases might be tempered with compassion for circumstances.