My Father was an illegal immigrant and was deported
When I was 8 my father was arrested and deported back to Haiti. Until then, I had no idea that he was in this country illegally. My mother thought he had refugee status, like she did. Because she was legal, she was allowed to stay. My sisters, my brother and I were born here, so we are citizens.
We heard from him here and there, but it is hard to keep touch with someone in such a poverty stricken country. When the tsunami hit in 2010, we had no way of knowing whether he was alive or dead. My brother is a doctor and he was able to go and help out. While he was there he was finally able to find our father, but he was not doing well. He had diabetes really bad, was blind in one eye, and had hurt his leg badly when a wall had fallen on him during the storm.
My brother was able to sponsor him to come back to the United States legally, and he is living with him. My mother has not seen him. She remarried years ago (which went against her faith), and does not want to see him again. She says she cannot forgive him for lying to her all those years ago and leaving her alone to raise 4 children.