Cecilia Chen’s experience defending immigrant situation.
One of the immigrants who recently Sr. Cecilia served is a 72 years old Peruvian national, Mr. D. Miranda. He has been living in the U.S. for more than 35 years as a Legal Permanent Resident. His family consists of Eight (8) siblings and a lot of nephews; all live in the U.S.
In 2013 Mr. Miranda went back to Peru to visit a friend who was dying of Cancer. On returning to the U.S. at the Miami International Airport, his Legal Permanent Resident status was stripped off and placed in Removal (Deportation) Proceedings by the U.S. Government, to deport him out of the U.S. Because about 14 years ago, one day, he slapped his son in the cheek in order to discipline the son who had gone astray with some undesirable company. At that time Mr. Miranda was arrested by the police, and sent to the court. He paid a fine and went through classes of Anger Management.
After that incident his relationship with his son was normal again, the same as a loving father to his son, and his son loved dearly his father (Mr. D. Miranda). Unfortunately, several years later, his son died of a fatal car accident at age of 23.
In preparing his case Sr. Cecilia helps Mr. D. Miranda to write down the tragedy that happened to Mr. Miranda about losing his only son and that he slapped his son was trying to discipline the son, in order to guide the son into the right path. God knows his good intention behind the act, and that he did not have a slightest intention to hurt his only son.
Sr. Cecilia also helped Mr. Miranda to show all the good deeds that Mr. D. Miranda had performed in his life, as well as his contribution to the society though his many years of hard working history. Sr. Cecilia helped Mr. Miranda to appeal to the Immigration Judge and the Trial Attorney to forgive his offence that was unwittingly committed, with a humanitarian stand.
In the end Mr. Miranda was restored his Legal Status in the U.S. Mr. Miranda and his siblings were very grateful to the Church, for helping them at the most critical moment of their life, share their anguish, showing them understanding, and care for them; and finally help them to solve their problem in life.
God does his miracle through seemingly very ordinary daily acts in our lives.