One immigrant family could find itself torn apart at the end of the school year. MPB's Alexis Ware reports.
Martin Duran-Esparza is the father of five, living in Greenwood. He hasn't lived in Mexico since he was 16, but on May 22 he could be deported. A reprieve given on Friday is allowing him to stay in the country until the end of his children's school year.
Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson says he heard of this case at a Greenwood town meeting. He says Duran-Esparza is making a contribution to society.
"This person has qualified for mortgage, owns his own home, has a speciality skill that farmers utilize on a daily basis in the delta, but because of this aggressive enforcement these kind of individuals are now hiding simply because they don't know what to expect."
Bill Chandler is the executive director of the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance. He says since the new administration more immigrants are seeking answers on how to handle the changes.
"There are very concerned migrant families that are here that are worried about what could happen to them, and we've had a surge of requests for meetings. They are learning about the rights that they have under the circumstances that we have now with the new administration."
MIRA will host a forum tonight in Jackson on the impact deportation has on children of immigrants.