Guatemalan immigrant Ana Matias of Jupiter remembers the day two years ago when the phone rang. The father of her children was calling from Miami where he was working a construction job.
“The work site was raided by immigration agents, and he was arrested,” Matias, 37, recalls. “He didn’t have immigration papers and they eventually deported him. It was terrible for us. My older son was 10 at the time and started having trouble at school. The younger one was 2 1/2 and he just couldn’t understand. He still doesn’t understand. My husband calls to speak with them when he can, but they still miss their father.”