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 Jorge Taborda, an undocumented immigrant, has been living at Holy Cross Retreat Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico, since his wife was deported last June. (J.D. Long-Garcia) 

Jorge Taborda, an undocumented immigrant, has been living at Holy Cross Retreat Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico, since his wife was deported last June. (J.D. Long-Garcia) 

From "America: The Jesuit Review" by J.D. Long-Garcia:  

"In many ways, it was a typical 15th birthday party for Stephen Taborda. He celebrated with family and friends, ate pizza and cake and opened presents. But Stephen’s mother was not there. She was deported in June.

Stephen’s father, Jorge Taborda, came to the United States from Colombia 19 years ago. That was before Stephen was born. Mr. Taborda, a Spanish professor, was involved in human rights efforts there. As ongoing conflicts between the Colombian government and guerilla groups beset the nation, Mr. Taborda began to receive death threats.

“I told my wife we had to leave,” he said in an interview with America. He and his wife came to the United States with their firstborn son, Jefferson. For a time, they had permission to work in the United States."  Continue reading