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He Married A Woman From El Salvador And Tried To Bribe ICE To Deport Her And Her Daughter When The Relationship Soured

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A Portland man was sentenced to four months in federal prison on Monday after attempting to deport his estranged wife and daughter. According to the Orgenian, Antonio O. Burgos, 48, reached out to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer and offered him money in exchange for getting his wife deported from the U.S. This all began last May when Burgos followed an ICE officer from the agency’s Portland office to a parking lot in Vancouver, Washington and offered money.

A man has been sentenced to prison for attempting to bribe an immigration officer several times to deport his estranged wife and child.

Antonio Burgos met and married his wife in El Salvador but the relationship soured after he brought his wife and her daughter to the U.S. Reports say that he planned to bribe the officer to send his family back to El Salvador. The bribery attempt occurred in the midst of the couple’s divorce.

When Burgos followed the officer last May, it was the first of several bribe offers. He confronted and gave the officer his contact information after the offer was declined, federal prosecutors said. The ICE agent would report the incident to the agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

An investigation into the bribery attempt would prove that Burgos was ready to pay to have his wife deported back to El Salvador. The ICE officer made the first of two recorded calls to Burgos on May 31 during which he attempted to pay $3,000 for his wife’s deportation. On June 5 the officer made a second recorded call and again Burgos offered money.

The ICE agent then set a meeting with Burgos and it was then that he increased his offer.

On June 6, Burgos and the officer would meet again for an in-person meeting. It was then when he tried to bribe the officer once more, offering to pay $4,000 for the removal of his wife and his wife’s child.

According to ICE officials, Burgos gave the officer half of the bribe money during that meeting and agreed to provide the rest of the money after his family was deported.

Burgos was arrested on June 29 when he met the officer again and was carrying the other $2,000 at the time. He would plead guilty in November to bribery of a public official.

In case you didn’t know, attempting to bribe a federal officer is against the law.

ICE officials released a public statement this week saying that Burgos “will face the justice he deserves.” The case is yet another example of individuals unaware of basic laws and regulations when it comes to the attempt of bribing public officials.

“Criminals who attempt to disrupt and dismantle our operations by attempting to bribe public officials will not be tolerated, Brad Bench, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations, Seattle office, said in a press release.”Yesterday’s verdict is an excellent example of both HSI and the OPR’s dedication to ending these type of brazen acts and reinforcing the public’s trust in our officers.”

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Latino Families Are Trailblazing A New Culture For Deaf Latinos And It’s Giving Us All The Feels

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Latino Families Are Trailblazing A New Culture For Deaf Latinos And It’s Giving Us All The Feels

For some deaf Latinos, being a part of the deaf community can mean losing the Latino part of their identity.

In the United States, the deaf community signs using American Sign Language (ASL), which is based on American English. It’s rare for deaf schools to teach Spanish and rarer still to teach a Spanish-based sign system like Mexican Sign Language. So for deaf students from families like ours, the one place they are least understood is in their own home.

For one Latina mom, this just wasn’t acceptable.

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After giving birth to three deaf children, Irma was convinced that she had done something wrong in life. Often in our culture, women are taught to believe that if a child is born differently it’s because she, the mom, is being punished for something she did wrong in the past. Irma knew this just wasn’t true.

Even though she saw her children as beautiful gifts, she struggled to cope with the difficulty of raising her three deaf sons: Felix, Hector, and Enrique.

Language plays a major role in defining communities. Therefore, language can be a bridge or a barrier among cultures, and it can also be a source of cultural identity.

For Irma, one of the greatest worries was not being able to visualize a future for her children. It was hard to see her own kids in these Deaf white role models whose lives were fundamentally very different.

So then Deaf Latinos Y Familias was born.[

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Irma, who had been struggling to find Deaf Latino role models for her three boys, made it her mission to bring light not only into her boys’ lives, but for all deaf Latinos. In 2010, she founded the organization Deaf Latinos as a resource for people like her children and their families.

Irma’s three sons are all supportive of their mother’s newfound mission in life, saying they saw many parents struggling to connect with their children and that his mom wanted to bridge the connection between them regardless of how much they can hear.

Some parents struggle to communicate with their own children.

Another mother, Saira, came into Deaf Latinos after struggling to connect with her own deaf child, Jose. Saira refused to believe he’d forever be deaf and came to the U.S. from El Salvador hoping to find a ‘cure.’

Communication became super difficult and at times Saira would become so upset she’d sit outside of her home to cry. She felt alone and lost as if she was the only one with a deaf Latino child.

Discovering Deaf Latinos y Familias was a miracle in her eyes. Since joining the organization, she’s started learning new signs and new ways to communicate with Jose. But most importantly, she’s meeting other Latino families and realizing she’s not alone.

A family learns to grow together after challenging times.

Evelyn and Wilson have three children: Richie was born deaf, Darlin is disabled and requires therapy and wheelchair assistance, while Heaven was born prematurely at just six months old. Yet despite these struggles, they have persevered as a family and found new meaning in their lives.

After years of struggling to communicate, together they’ve started learning sign language with Deaf Latinos and feel closer as a family.

Fierce moms will do anything for their babies and these three fearless women show how powerful a family can be.

Saira, who is now pregnant with a girl, wonders if her little daughter will be born deaf. Her son Jose has asked the question which would she prefer and Saira responds: “It doesn’t matter, either way, she’ll learn to sign.”

While Irma, reflecting on her life and family, proudly proclaims that she wouldn’t change a thing about her life nor her journey. She’s grateful for her opportunities and vows to continue so long as she still has breath in her.

Now please excuse me while I go get a box of tissues to wipe away these happy tears.

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