This Aug. 14, 2012 photo shows [U.S. citizen] Rony Molina holding a photo of his wife in his home in Stamford, Conn. Molina's wife, Sandra Payes Chacon, was deported to Guatemala in 2010, leaving Molina alone to care for their three children, all American citizens. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Should a native-born U.S. citizen have to sneak in to his own country? No. Never. But that's what Luis Martinez had to do. Watch the video . Read the story .
Story: Los Angeles Times, Oct. 21, 2012 .
Series: L.A. Times, Without a Country
"Twelve-year-old Jason Penate spent the holidays hanging close by his father. They picked out a Christmas tree and decorated the front window of their Gainesville, Va., home with candy canes, and Jason tried very hard not to think about whether his father would still be here in the new year.