An immigrant couple from New Jersey was deported from the United States on the 8th of December. The couple arrived in the country from Mexico more than 30 years ago. The two immigrants had to leave their three children behind. All three children were born in the United States.
The two immigrants are Oscar and Humberta Campos. On the morning of their deportation, they had to say goodbye to their children in an emotional and religious farewell. The three children are aged 24, 22, and 16. After saying goodbye, the couple boarded a flight back to their native country.
With tears in his eyes, Oscar Campos declared: “There is no distance. I will always have them in my heart”.
The immigrant couple boarded a 6:30 a.m. flight at Newark International Airport and went off to Mexico City.
Oscar Campos was born in Tamaulipas. He left Mexico and crossed the border into Texas in 1989. Press in the US reported that the immigrant couple purchased a home in Bridgeton. They also owned a landscaping business, all of this in the almost 30 years of living in the United States. At the same time, the couple’s oldest children have graduated college.
Last effort of immigrant couple denied by immigration officials
The last ditch effort made by the immigrant couple to appeal a deportation order was denied by immigration officials. They were also told that they had to leave the United States. Their effort was denied on the 7th of December and they were deported the next day.
The immigrant couple was forced to sign over a power of attorney to their oldest son. This way, he can take care of his 16-year-old brother and be responsible for the home mortgage. The youngest child is a sophomore in high school.
Cory Booker claimed to be “extremely disappointed”. According to a statement from his office, he was very displeased that the couple’s stay of removal was denied. Cory Booker is a Senator and a Democrat from New Jersey. He tried to help the immigrant couple in their battle for the immigration status.
Thomas A. Pietrykoski declared: “Mr. and Mrs. Campos’ case reinforces the urgent need for us to stand united in seeking common sense solutions to our broken immigration system that are consistent with our core American principles. While Senator Booker’s office worked for months with the Campos family and federal officials on this case, we are extremely disappointed that [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] has denied the request for a stay of removal and saddened to see another family needlessly torn apart”. Thomas A. Pietrykoski is Cory Booker’s state press secretary.
Immigrant couple appreciated by the community
The immigrant couple was described as “good parents” by Deacon Arnaldo Santos. The press said that Santos noted that none of them ever had a criminal record. Deacon Arnaldo Santos is a member of the Parish of the Holy Cross in Bridgeton.
Santos said: “I want criminals out of this country. I want them to get locked up. But I have known this family for over 20 years. They are respectful, spiritual … they are a good, good family and that’s why I’m petitioning”.
Before boarding his flight, Oscar Campos gave some parting advice to his children. It appeared like a motivational motto for a better life for his family over the last 30 years.
He said: “Fight for your dreams because life continues and you will always find good people that support you. There are a lot of good people. Don’t give your hopes up”.