On June 14, 2014 Saul Zarco Corona, and his U.S. citizen daughter, Giselle Zarco, crossed the Bridge of the Americas leading from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico to Laredo, Texas. Accompanied by his attorney, John R. Antia, and Rev. Walter Coleman, Saul and his daughter walked through the turnstiles leading up to the Custom and Border Protection processing hub. Once inside, Saul began the processing of his request for Humanitarian Parole—temporary, conditional entry to the United States. Finally, he and his daughter were taken to a room where he met with his wife, Rosio Fragoso, also a U.S. citizen. They hadn’t seen each other in 8 years.
Sadly, the Zarco-Fragoso family shares a unique suffering many mixed-status families experience while living in the United States: forced separation. When Saul went to his residency interview in La Ciudad Juarez, MX in February of 2006, he wasn’t made aware of the potential consequences of leaving United States for Mexico. During his residency interview, it was determined that Saul would be barred from returning to the United States for 10 years without the possibility of a waiver. Without any other option, Saul and his family decided to live in Mexico and wait-out the 10-year ban.
Unfortunately, due to many factors, including violence that Saul experienced as a taxi driver, and lack of adequate financial sustainability for his family, the family no longer felt safe. They decided it was in the best interests of Rosio and Giselle to return to the United States while waiting out the 10-year bar.
Over the next eight years, Saul exhausted all possible legal avenues in order to become a legal permanent resident. Rosio became involved with Familias Latinas Unidas, a grass roots organization founded by Pastora Emma Lozano, and Elvira Arrellano in the early 2000s. It is through Familias Latinas Unidas that the Shiller Preyar Law Offices became aware of the plight of Saul and Rosio and we began the successful campaign of securing Humanitarian Parole for Saul.
Humanitarian Parole is a discretionary form of relief that is considered a last resort; applicants are approved if their case is based on urgent humanitarian reasons or if there is significant public benefit to their admission. INA § 212(d)(5). Importantly, humanitarian parole is not considered an admission into the United States—applicants are eligible for temporary parole only for the duration of the given “humanitarian reasons” or “compelling emergency” one applies with.
With the help of John Antia and others, on June 14, 2014—the day before Father’s Day—Saul Zarco turned himself over to Custom and Border Protection officials to be processed and transferred over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Thankfully, after reviewing all of the documentary evidence, Saul’s Humanitarian Parole request was approved for one year.
We are so grateful to have worked alongside Rosio, Familia Latina Unida, and the League of United Latin American Citizens to reunite this family separated after 8 very long years.
We will continue to update you on Saul and his family as they work to remain together in the United States.