Yesterday, among falling leaves and sun rays, more than 100 people gathered outside the immigration court in Charlotte in support of Jose Luis Zarco, who faced his final court hearing that threatened to separate him from his family. Representatives from the YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, Nueva Vida Church, Action NC, the Latin American Coalition, and many more spoke on his behalf. They spoke of his kindness and involvement with his community, of his devotion to his wife and children, and of his belief in God that carries him from day to day.
With only minutes until he was to walk into the courtroom and face the judge that would determine his and his family’s future, Luis addressed the crowd. With a quiet voice and few words he thanked everyone for their support and was hopeful that at the end of the day he would walk out of the courthouse and into his family’s arms. Almost 3 hours later, Luis did walk out of the courthouse and into his family’s arms. The judge, having heard the testimony and evidence from Luis’s attorney and ICE counsel, will now consider the information and deliver a final decision on January 8th, 2013.
So we continue to wait. Like Luis we are hopeful that in the end he will stay here in Charlotte with his family. We are also hopeful that we will be a little bit closer to ending the unjust deportations that separate families.
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