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Another immigrant deported


The series & assignment

This article is one in a series created by students in Mr. Alex Escamilla's journalism class at Southwest Community Campus. Students were asked to complete artwork and write an article regarding immigration issues in Grand Rapids, and America as a whole. Students worked with artist Reyna Garcia and Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities to complete artwork that best showed their views on immigration.


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All artwork will be displayed in an upcoming art show, open to the public.


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This article is one in a series discussing immigration issues through artwork and words, through the eyes of a student.

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By: Dulce R.

On July 20, 2011 at 9 p.m., a tragedy occurred in Grand Rapids, MI. Ruben Lopez, father of four children, was arrested at WalMart while shopping.

Police officers did a standard background check, and learned he was undocumented. He was detained and taken to the local jail. Soon he was deported back to Mexico. One year after being deported, Ruben Lopez was murdered in his home country.

He leaves behind his four children and their mother who now struggle emotionally and financially in Grand Rapids. Another tragedy in the life of a Hispanic family.

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