FAMILY DIVIDED, NEEDS YOUR HELP!
Organized by: Cyndi Hicks
Elmer was deported back to Guatemala on December 2, 2015. His U.S. Citizen wife, Cyndi; 17-year-old step-daughter, Celeste (U.S. Citizen); and a 6-year-old daughter, Celia (U.S. Citizen); are stricken with severe depression and sadness over the loss and separation of their family. Celia cries herself to sleep night after night and has not seen her father since early September 2015.
Elmer had lived in the United States for nearly 20 years. Many leaders in his community regard him as an invaluable asset. Elmer is a highly-skilled carpenter and he even regularly found time to volunteer with his church, daughters' school, two camps for children, helping elderly neighbors, and assisting many other non-profits in his community. He is definitely being missed by many who depended on him.
During a routine call over Labor Day Weekend, police arrived at the home of Elmer & Cyndi and brutally beat her husband - causing him spinal injuries that now require a series of spinal injections for at least one year and possible surgery, should the injections fail.
Elmer is not a criminal and has been cleared of any wrongdoing. The police department did everything in its power to ensure Elmer would not stay in the U.S and helped make sure he was deported as quickly as possible.
Elmer and his family have a long history of activism for civil and immigrant rights, which recently included Cyndi taking part in the #100women100miles Pilgrimage to welcome Pope Francis to the U.S. During that time, Elmer was picked up by ICE while Cyndi was walking in Washington D.C. to further lift up the voices of immigrants and their families - many just like hers - calling for immigrants to be treated with compassion, human dignity and respect.
Right now, Elmer & Cyndi’s family need help covering the costs of the recommended medical treatments while Elmer is forced to live Guatemala where there is extreme violence, corruption and lack of access to adequate health care nearby. It is already a huge economic burden on Cyndi to come up with the financial means alone - she is already working two jobs to try to make ends meet. Elmer & Cyndi’s family also needs help covering the cost of airline tickets to visit Elmer so he can keep his family ties strong as he navigates the complex and antiquated U.S. immigration system in an attempt to be reunited with Cyndi, Celeste and Celia. Please consider donating to help bring this loving family back together.
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