This has been a long week for my son-in-law's brother. Part of the reason my daughter and family moved to Hondurus was to help get his brother out of a very dangerous situation. He had befriended the head of a gang in his neighborhood and they were both on the "gang most wanted" list in town.
That was not a good thing and it was a real drag for a 19 year old kid. He could not go anywhere alone, especially not out at night. They had to whisk him out in a taxi and home again. He was pretty much hating life and anxious for a change.
His very generous hard working brother and sister in Spain offered to have him come live there. It would be a lot of money for both of them. The sister is a maid and the brother does woodworking for a cabinet maker. At any rate they were willing to make that sacrifice to get their brother to safety.
After about 10 very crazy mishaps they finally got him on a plane bound for San Pedro Seula, where he would catch a connection on to Mexico, on to France and end up in Spain. In order to even have a chance of getting let into France he had to have a week of paid reservations at a very expensive hotel in Spain.
Added to that the cost of the plane ticket and they were out about $4,000.00. That is a lot of money for them, heck that is a lot of money for anyone.
When he arrived at the airport in France they took him into detention and began questioning him. They said he needed six hundred more dollars. We scurried and made a deposit here for him on my daughter's card.
Everyday they would have more requirements. I just kept thinking of "Search for the Holy Grail" and expecting them to ask for a shrubbery!
Finally after holding him for the maximum time they could, four days they released him to go back to Hondurus. There was much weeping and wailing and sorrow over this decision.
Now it looks like it will pretty much fall on his shoulders to break off and try to get his life back.
And people wonder why illegal's take this risk? Maybe they really do want to live after all ha? Maybe they are not really there to "take advantage" of anyone at all. Maybe they are not "after" all the perks tax payers work so hard for. Maybe they are not wanting welfare or free health care or free schooling after all. Maybe they really just want to live!