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Family was separated by ICE


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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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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: Estefany P.

Ricardo Pablo, a 40-year-old father of three children, was pulled out of his house by immigration ICE. ICE came to his house on January 24, 2011, in the afternoon. ICE checked Pablo's background. ICE found out that he is undocumented and he was immediately taken to Battle Creek and held in Battle Creek's detention facility.

Ricardo Pablo is facing a judge in court. Pablo's judge said that there's no bond and he has to be deported back to Guatemala. Pablo left three children at age 10, 19, and 9. Pablo was a lovely father and his children are going to be fatherless. Now Pablo's family is going through challenges by being immigrants with the father gone. This is another family separated by ICE.

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