ABC News jumped into the immigration debate last week when it ran a “heartbreaking” story of an El Paso, Texas high school graduate who crossed the border wearing hear cap and gown so that her thrice-deported father could participate in the family’s graduation celebration.
The graduate, Leslie Silva, wasn’t yet in her teens when her father Milo was deported for the third time in 2012.
ABC’s report focuses on how Leslie tries to visit her father every weekend in Ciudad Juarez, where he is a security guard, and how heartbreaking it is that he has missed so many special family events including his oldest daughters wedding.
“When I was little I didn’t know what was going on and why he was gone for such a long time,” Leslie told ABC News. “But now that I understand, it’s just heartbreaking not having him here especially that we are at an age when a lot of things are happening.”
“We try to spend as much time as we can together when we go and do small things that we can as a family like go to the movies or go [out] eat or just be at the house,” she said. “But once we leave, it’s kind of sad, leaving him behind.”
ABC omitted an explanation of why Milo Silva was deported three times, as well as the dangers and risks of illegal immigration.
Heartbreaking video shows Texas student Leslie Silva crossing the border into Mexico so her dad, who was deported, could see her graduation cap and gown.
— ABC News (@ABC) June 10, 2018