From Family Security Matters‘ Alan Kornman:
The Da Silva family came to America 23 years ago on a temporary visa. Lucas Da Silva was twelve months old at the time and was several years later blessed with a sister. Although living in America illegally, the Da Silva’s lives would forever change in 2009.
In 2009 Lucas’ father was deported back to Brazil. By all accounts the Da Silva family worked hard and enjoyed all the benefits of being American citizens. The Da Silva family embraced our American culture, but willfully violated our immigration laws.
When the Da Silva’s temporary visa expired the family had only two choices. Return to Brazil or remain in America illegally. The Da Silva’s chose to stay in America fully aware the consequences from that decision would impact their son and daughter. The parents chose to live the life of illegal aliens for reasons only known to them.
The Da Silva’s first real hard choice came knocking at their door in 2009 when Mr. Da Silva was deported back to Brazil. The Da Silva Family now had two difficult choices to choose from.
1. The entire family could return to Brazil with the father and remain intact.
2. The mother, son, and daughter would remain in America and proceed with their lives as illegal immigrants surviving in a fatherless household.
The Da Silva Family chose option two, with both eyes open, accepting all the hardships that decision would carry with it.
PICO – People Involved Through Community Organizing
I met Lucas Da Silva at a 1/29/2013 press conference sponsored by The Campaign For Citizenship and the People Involved Through Community Organizing (PICO).
Mr. Da Silva is listed as the main contact and DREAM Leader. The title for the press conference was “Clergy, Community Leaders Welcome President Obama’s Commitment to Change, Call For Citizenship.”
Mr. Da Silva was the leader of the press conference and its official spokesperson. In the press package the Campaign for Citizenship listed their main “Goal” as,
“We demand full citizenship for all Americans regardless of race, income or immigration status. President Obama and Congress should move immediately to make citizenship legislation a top priority for 2013 and to make citizenship for all Americans the focus of that legislation.”