LatinaLista — What the immigration debate has lacked thus far is a “poster child” that brings home the issue and exposes how it impacts the most vulnerable.
Well, the wait is finally over.
Two-year-old Martin, a young Guatemalan, was found abandoned in an Frankfort, Indiana Wal-Mart store on Friday, June 13.
In the note found with Martin, his mother states that the young family arrived a year ago from Guatemala. It wasn’t long afterwards that her husband left her. According to the letter written in Spanish, the mother doesn’t have the means to buy her son food or provide a roof over his head.
So, she did what has been done by millions of women around the world since the beginning of time, or at least as far back as Moses, she left him at a place she knew to be relatively safe. Where there were people, fellow mothers, who would find him, protect him and help him.
She was right because that’s exactly what happened â€” plus more.
Currently, there is a search underway for Martin’s mother. At this point, officials aren’t sure that the situation is as it appears. There have been conjectures that this boy could have been kidnapped from somewhere either in the US or even Guatemala and that the whole story may be fabricated.
But seeing that the boy was in good shape when he was found and, according to one eyewitness, too solemn for a little boy his age, means that so far in his short life, it’s been a traumatic journey.
In fact, that’s one clue that points to the fact that this story may just be true. With so much trauma and stress happening to these undocumented families, children witness it and internalize it. There’s not much for them to be happy about in their young childhoods.
If the case of Martin is true, some will no doubt pat themselves on the back for an immigration enforcement policy that seems to be working.
Yet, it’s a sad testament that there exists such a policy that it forces a mother to abandon her child because it deprives her of the means to care for him â€” not because she won’t work but because she can’t.
Today, it’s Martin. Tomorrow it could be Argelia. The next day Luis. The day after that Lety. Next weekâ€¦