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Carla's Story (English)

Dear friends and lawyers. You don’t know how much it hurts me to remember all this but God gives me strength to do it. I crossed the river and when I climbed the bank I saw immigration. They told me to get in the car and when I entered into the immigration office they asked me where I was from and I responded Honduras. They asked me if I knew that I had committed a crime for having entered this country and that I would be detained for two months. I said that that was not possible. They told me to say goodbye to my daughter and not to cry because I would make her cry. After seeing me so nervous and losing control of my emotions the official told me that I would only be detained for three days and then I would be with my daughter again. When I left there I was crying with my heart destroyed. I felt that I had lost my daughter and would never see her again. From the “ice box” they took me chained at the hands, waist, and feet to the country jail. They had me looking at the wall for about two hours and then took me to a freezing room where they gave me a trash bag to wrap myself in because of the cold. It was sad but I had the help of our heavenly Father and the strength that He gave me to get my daughter back. From there they took me chained to ask a judge for forgiveness. They took off the chained to enter and then put them back on my hands, feet, and waist. We went back to the county jail. I was there for several days and then they transferred me to Sierra Blanca. I was there for several days and then they took me to Otero Prison. I was detained there for a month. I saw there on the news that many lawyers were fighting for us and if all of you hadn’t helped I don’t know what would have become of us. I thank you a lot. May God bless all of you.

A separated mother.

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