I wish I could say that the moral of this story is that good always triumphs in the end, or that, as some people say, everything happens for a reason.
But I don’t buy any of that. No, I think this whole situation has a far simpler explanation: President Trump leads one of the most virulently anti-immigrant administrations since 1954, when “Operation Wetback” resulted in the deportation of one million Mexicans. In its efforts to reduce immigration levels and reverse the nation’s increasingly diverse demographic trends, the Trump administration is targeting even those migrants who are suffering life-threatening illnesses.
I asked Jonathan what he would say to those who wanted to deport him. “Please don’t kill me,” was his response.
Nothing is more compelling and moving than a child fighting for his own life.