Jacqui (jacqui) wrote,
Jacqui
jacqui

We've got the kids!!!

Hi Everybody, I am soooo happy, we have a house full of squealing children and Coco is so happy and grateful. They are running around playing wiht their toys even though it is way too late for them to be awake. We've been through three tough days worrying about them. After crossing from Naco to Tucson they were locked up in a trailer for three days. Finally they put them on a plane and we picked them up a few hours ago. They had to leave everything behind. The little boy Edgar who is eleven had to give his dog away and Selene the oldest, who's seventeen, gave her bunny to her best friend. Little Talia, who is eight, had to leave her doll behind. They are so sweet and beautiful and I am soo happy they are safe here with their mother. In Mexico they were horribly abused by their own family members. Coco's husband used to beat her and cheat on her until he finally left her for another woman with children of her own. He wouldn't send any money to help support the children so Coco was forced to come here. She has seen her children for no more than fourteen days in three years. He whipped Selene with an electrical cord until she was bleeding, and the aunt who Coco left the baby with burned her hands on a stove. This is why I am so happy they are here. I'm a little frightened because this house is already small for Beau, Coco, myself and the cats, I don't know what it will be like with three more children but we will all muddle through somehow. I'm tired, I haven't slept much, been worried about these guys since they left and the coyotes tried to extort money from us and we didn't know what to do for an afternoon and an evening.

The first place I took the kids tonight was Toys R Us so we could buy a dolly to replace Talia's she had to leave behind. She wanted a black little girl dolly and she also picked out a black bride and groom doll because she said they looked the most like her. Selene was too embarrassed to ask for a doll but we could tell she wanted one so she got the new Harley Davidson Barbie. I also gave her really nice Beanie Buddy and bought her new underwear, bras and a nightgown and some sandals. I also bought underwear and tee-shirts and nightgowns and shoes for the little ones, but we've been saving stuff for them and will be able to get them more soon. Edgar wanted everything but we finally narrowed it down to some kind of monster gooey plastic thing, a bunch of small things and a big remote control truck. Beau got a little dinosaur who hatches out of his egg and says "Peekaboo, ha ha, I'm hungry, let's go play".They were so sweet and so grateful and happy. I can't even begin to understand what they've been through, running in the desert at night, wearing the same underwear for eight days, getting caught by the migra and sent back across the border only to try all over again the next day, falling off a small cliff and then running for three hours through the mountains, only to end up in a trailer for days while the greedy coyotes kept upping the price for their release and passage here. I can't imagine how hard it would be to have to give my pets away knowing I would probably never see them again or leave my boyfriend behind like Selene who almost married him but decided she was too young and wanted to wait.

You know what amazed me was how they had never seen a drinking fountain before and were a little afraid of it. They were excited about eh little plastic kids cups that you get at Cocos and couldn't believe Beau was going to leave his behind so Edgar asked if he could take it and then he clung to them as if someone might change their minds. Talia, the littlest one, keeps watching me as if she doesn't understand why I am being nice to them and that it all might change back at any minute. God, what can I say?

I don't know where you guys stand on people coming into the US from other countries but I don't agree with our immigration policies. I wouldn't be here and neither would just about everyone I know if their grandparents hadn't been allowed to immigrate to the United States. Anyway I'm whipped and you can debate this all you like with me but I'm just grateful they are all safe and away from anyone who would ever do anything as evil as to burn a little girls hands on a stove.

Love you guys,
Jacqui

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