In Broadview, Deported Families Say Their Last Goodbyes

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Students from University of Chicago Coalition for Immigrant Rights advise family members of deportees. | Kelli Duncan/Chronicle Media || Caption by Cook County Chronicle

Monday, August 8, 2016 || Originally Published: Cook County Chronicle || 7/29/16 || By Kelli Duncan 

As family members make their last visit to loved ones facing deportation at the Broadview Immigrant Detention and Deportation Center, 1930 Beach Street, they are allowed to bring a small travel bag and only enough money for the trip.

For the final goodbye, family members have one-to-three minutes — with no hugs, kisses or touching of any kind permitted.

A one-story brick building, run by the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sits in an industrial park off of 25th Avenue and the I-290 expressway. This is the last stop for 40-100 deportees who are transported every Friday from across the Midwest including Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Kentucky.

Mexican nationals are sent to New Orleans, where they spend a few days. Some are transported to Tamaulipas, south of the Texas border; others are processed through the ICE detention center in Chaparral, New Mexico and then sent onward to Mexico City. Central Americans and other nationals first arrive in Texas and then are transferred to New Orleans, where they wait for an airplane to transport them to their country of origin.

On Friday, July 15, Jorie Hoare, of Round Lake brought two children, ages 5 and 13, to an emotional parting from her husband and father of her children, Arthur Hoare, 41, who will be sent back to his native country of Belize. Their family hasn’t been the same since they had to say goodbye, she said afterwards in a phone interview.

“The first night [our daughter] was up half the night, screaming and crying,” Hoare said. “Harris, our son, when he gets tired he wants his daddy but he’s so rambunctious, you know, so it’s probably not on his mind as much as it is for Savannah and I.”

They were not allowed to touch Arthur, even though it was most likely the last time that she and their children would get to see him for a long time.

“Why couldn’t I touch him? I don’t understand that,” Jorie Hoare said. “At one point [the guard] said, ‘You have to give him the money now’ and that was the extent of me getting to touch him, passing him the money that we brought.”

For 10 years, a group of nuns and volunteers called the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants (ICDI) have gathered outside of the Broadview staging center during Friday morning deportations to pray for the immigrants and their families. They are joined by student volunteers from University of Chicago’s Coalition for Immigrant Rights, who bring coffee and doughnuts and explain the process in Spanish to family members.

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