Antonio is from Guatemala and lives a couple of blocks away from El Centro de la Raza. He came to seek help with paperwork to reunite with his family. Antonio has not seen his children who live in Guatemala grow up because he had been away for eight years. Antonio has two other children in the United States, but ICE detained them.
Antonio’s two teenage sons fled Guatemala and crossed the border illegally into the United States to reunite with their father and for the chance to lead a better life. There is a chance that the detention center will release them. An Arizona-based organization that helps reunite unaccompanied minors with their parents contacted Antonio. He needed to complete a stack of documents in – not Spanish – but English, so he sought translation assistance at El Centro de la Raza. However, he first needed to create his first email account to receive the paperwork. Upon receiving it in his inbox, he then learned how to fill out the forms and mailed them back. That experience empowered Antonio to learn more about technology and provided confidence that he completed his forms accurately.
Antonio’s sons should be released any day now and they will be sent to live with him. Once they arrive, the three of them will continue to visit El Centro de la Raza for assistance with legal resources, low-cost internet, possible employment, and enrollment into high school.