posted on Oct, 19 2013 @ 09:40 AM
reply to post by AfterInfinity
I can think of any number of possibilities. Actually, several years ago I was approached by a Mexican Immigrant couple who'd had a child here in the
USA (making the child a citizen). They wanted to take their child, then 3, back to Mexico to meet the extended family, so I took them to the Post
Office and we got the child a passport - legally, formally - no problem at all.
The problem was how to get the child BACK into the USA when they returned - they were undocumented, and were coming via "underground" means - but
didn't want to subject their darling to the dangers of that - so, they asked me if I would "escort the child." They wanted to fly me to their home
state in Mexico, all expenses paid (this child and I had a bond due to my having been a helper with parenting, in a social work setting, and the child
trusted me inherently - so did they, but I've wondered since if they were simply "using" me - I know it happens).
In the end I had to decline, though it broke my heart to do so - I'd have done it in a heartbeat, but my husband convinced me I'd NEVER get out of
customs with that child - clearly I was not the mother. Even if I had papers naming me as a legal guardian, I'd be questioned. It would be
dangerous, for me, and for all of them. So, I didn't.
On the other hand - I wrote a story some years ago about a "roma" child whose entire family had died in a horrible fire; leaving her an orphan.
WHO KNOWS??? Maybe they found her on the street somewhere. It will be interesting if we get a resolution to it.
Poor kid. She certainly doesn't look "mistreated", though, so that's good. Confused, yes, but - healthy.