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For most, this Sunday, Mother’s Day, conjures up images of flowers, cards, perhaps even breakfast in bed for Mom, or a day spent relaxing with family. But for thousands of mothers, Sunday will be yet another painful reminder of the sacrifice they made to provide for their children. They are the undocumented immigrants – mothers – who desperate to feed and support their family, make an agonizing decision to leave their children behind as they put themselves in harm’s way to make a harrowing, dangerous trek to the United States.
These mothers yearn to be with their children every single day of the year; Mother’s Day is a stark reminder of their loss.
I recently spoke with one of these women, whom I will call Mariela*. Her story is the everyday reality of many undocumented immigrant mothers. A young Salvadoran in her …