Hello ATS, Recently I have been involved in a thread about illegal immigration into the US. I have a pretty hard stance on it. But at the same time I
am human, I have a heart, I have compassion, So let me tell you about Alex.
Alex is an illegal alien from Mexico, he is 20 years old. I have known Alex since he was 13 years old, I was introduced to Alex by my step-son. They
are friends. Needless to say Alex has spent a lot of time in my home. We have broke many a loaves of bread together, his first bowl of chili was at
my home. Go figure. Then he let me know, chili is a Texas thing, not Mexico.
Alex has allways been respectfull of me & my wife, allways thank you, allways your welcome. Only kid I ever seen wipe his feet prior to entering my
home.( without being told to). Amazing!
When Alex was 16 he got into some trouble with the law, so did my stepson. My stepson went to court, took his medicine and all turned out well. Alex
on the other hand is illegal, his mother got scared sent him to Texas to live with his birth father. Without going to court and getting that trouble
taken care of. The trouble was minor. But I knew if It did not get taken care of it would'nt remain small.
The next time Alex called my stepson, I spoke to him. I asked him if he wanted to be in Texas, he said no. he said he works but his father takes his
money. I asked him if he took care of that trouble, he said no. I said son that little trouble could come back and bite you in the butt later in life,
that you need to take care of it. That you can't run from your problems, as they have a way of finding you no matter where you go.
I got in touch with my stepsons probation officer, explained the situation and asked for her help. She said first and foremost he must get this court
date out of the way. I explained that Alex was a good kid, (bad parents) but a good kid. So I went and asked the court if I take responsability for
Alex, as in a sponser foster parent I would.
Between me & the probation officer we got the court to agree to a continuance until I could get Alex back in N.C.
I got in touch with Alex's mom, she got me in touch with Alex. I sent the boy a bus ticket back to N.C. he arrived, we went to court that week. He
got a hefty fine & cost of court and 6 months probation. All with the agreement that he live with us until the probation ended. That was 4 years ago.
Alex completed his probation, lived with us, ate with us, played with us, cared about us and us about him. And he knew it. He knew we cared about him
not because he was Illegal or Mexican, we cared because he is a good kid, A bright kid, one with a bright future as you could see it in his eye's.
Alex has since moved out and stared his own life. Good job, an apartment, a girlfriend, and is quite the artist. Tatoo art is his thing. The reason I
even wrote this is, this past fathers day, last sunday. At about 8:30am My phone rang. No body calls my house at 8:30am on a sunday morning! It was
Alex, he just wanted to wish me a happy fathers day. He called me his American dad, said I had done more for him, in the short time I had know him
than his real father had his whole life.
He said he was forever gratefull for me and my wife, as we had treated him like one of our own children the time he lived with us. In fact the entire
time we have known him. Needless to say that phone call really made my fathers day, later that day all my children came over for a bbq. My two kids,
my three step-sons and Alex. The whole family was together again! But the most shocking part of the day was when Alex showed my & my wife his new
tatoo. It was a heart, with mine & my wife's name in spanish and the phrase " my angels" above the names.
That touched me & wife in a profound way. As we did'nt realise we were that big a part of Alex's life. But I guess we are. So my family has grown one
stronger as we are proud to know Alex and be a part of his life. Why, because he is a good kid with bad parents. And that's not Alex's fought. He's on
his way to becomeing a legal citizen of the US. And a good man.
edit on 20-6-2012 by openyourmind1262 because: (no reason given)