9-year-old pleads for deported dad’s return

U.S. & World

(KVEO) A 9-year-old boy from an elementary school in Brownsville, Texas wrote a letter to an immigration officer, asking if his deported dad could attend a school function.

“It was Donuts With Dad and I really wanted my dad to come with me and have some fun for a while so I had to write a letter to the immigration officers and see if they could,” said Jesus Uriostegui, who penned the letter.

Jesus’ fourth-grade teacher says she’s heartbroken by his story.

“I didn’t know what was really happening at home sometimes we just see the kids coming in and being kids like every day and it was surprising for me,” said Josefina Ledezma.

Jesus and his mother delivered the letter to the immigration officer in person. According to officials, the request was turned down because it is a process that requires more time.

Although Jesus’ father was unable to attend, he did get to video chat with his son during the event.

“I’m happy for Jesus that he was able to feel all the support and love from everyone from the community besides just the parents and the teachers,” said Ledezma.

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