Change of Heart (A Guest Editorial from Parishioner Rick Whipp)

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I was always under the impression that if we gave undocumented workers amnesty it would be completely unfair to people who are going through the process legally. I have friends, like many of us do, that have been through that process. It's not easy and we have an immigration system for a reason. 
 
Then one day, everything changed.  My daughter married her husband, Fausto. Fausto was bought to this country illegally as a young child. He went to school with my daughter, Jocelyn, and they were high school sweethearts. All Fausto has known almost his entire life has been our perfect little community (compared to the awful place his family fled).
 
I would constantly worry, as a father, that Fausto would get deported, and my daughter, being completely in love, would follow him to Mexico. A country neither one of them knew. All you hear on the news is story after story of the drug cartels and murders. Not something I wanted for either of them.
 
It's not easy as an undocumented worker.  I remember times they would tell me how the restaurant where Fausto worked would hold his paychecks, just because they could. He was undocumented. What was he going to do? That kind of thing that should never go on in our country and especially not in our backyard. 
 
Fausto has been a most wonderful son-in-law. His commitment to his family is second to none. He deeply loves my daughter and he has always supported his family. When he was in high school, he worked the entire time. His family is poor and needed help just making ends meet. At times I personally saw Fausto working 3 jobs and still had time for family. 
 
DACA was a godsend. Fausto was finally documented - and I truly mean documented. He went through background checks and interviews - you name it. He was finally able to get a good job with benefits and no one was taking advantage of him. This became even more important with the birth of my granddaughter, Camila. My family is truly blessed. Fausto has since gotten permanent residency status and now has a real path to citizenship. 
 
I ask that we all think of these people as our neighbors, our sons-in-law, our daughters-in-law, our family and our fellow parishioners. Our brothers and sisters in Christ. What would you want for them? 
Please contact your congress people and demand that all sides of the political spectrum come together and solve this now. DACA is not just a political issue to be talked about on the news. These are real people, good people and God's people.