Rocio D Woody, Licensed Psychotherapist
“As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live” – Pope John Paul II
Immigrant families’ face challenges unknown to the modern, average American family just for the mere fact of having one of their family members out of status.
As for the adults involved in the process, with great difficulty, they understand the immediate and long-term consequences everyone will face if the family becomes separated.
For the US Citizen husband left behind — let’s call him “John” — he will learn the concept of becoming physically isolated from his family, left to work twice as hard to meet the financial obligations the entire family had before “Maria” [that is his wife] and their children left the country: Their mortgage, their car payments and their credit card debt will not change because his wife and children are no longer with him. On…
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