Without a Country

Without a Country

"The case of Luis Ernesto Rodriguez exemplifies the struggle many deported parents go through to reunite their families.  The U.S. has deported more than 1 million [unauthorized] immigrants since 2008.  This is one in a series of occasional stories chronicling the people and the communities affected.  For this article, Times staff writer Richard Marosi interviewed Luis Ernesto Rodriguez in Mexico and while he was detained in the United States.  Marosi talked with the girls' half-brother, Ricardo Alfaro, and several foster parents who cared for the sisters.  He also reviewed dozens of pages of family court documents.  Special correspondent Alex Renderos in El Salvador contributed to this report." - L.A. Times, Dec. 2, 2012.