A Mother’s Love, A Migrant’s Love (Amor Migrante)

Since returning to Holy Name College and Silver Spring last August, I have been blessed to encounter so many truly amazing, wonderful people. Few have been as inspiring for me as Rosario Reyes. Rosario is a mother whose life has been irrevocably touched by the issues that affect so many immigrants, migrants, and refugees. For the past 12 years, Rosario has not seen her son, José Ramon, who is still in El Salvador.

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My heart aches at her story, for all of the years that her family has been broken and separated, for all of the years lost. My heart breaks when I realize that her story is not a one-off, but rather one which is shared by thousands and thousands of our immigrant, migrant, and refugee brothers and sisters.

Everyday, I join Rosario in prayer that one day the injustices that tear families apart will be overcome with compassion, mercy, and love. I pray that her story will not end with sadness, but with union and joy.  Please join Rosario and me in praying for just and compassionate immigration reform in this country, for an end to the poverty and violence that displace so many of our brothers and sisters all over the world, and for conversion of our hearts so that we may welcome families and individuals, such as Rosario and her son.

Praying with Pope Francis: A Multicultural Evening of Reflection and Prayer for Immigrants and Refugees

Here is the story of Rosario’s love – a mother’s love and a migrant’s love.

Amor Migrante
by Elena & Los Fulanos

Yo te amo de lejos aunque no lo puedas sentir
Deje el nombre en mi patria con tu adiós que triste sufrí

Ay, quiero darte razones
Ay, por mis grandes traiciones

Por ti me fui, de ahí de ti
Por ti me fui, de ahí de ti
Por ti me fui, de ahí de ti
Por ti me vine aquí

Con tristeza en el alma a frontera norte corrí
Ya creciste sin mamá y te harás gran hombre sin mi

Ay, de pedir tu perdones
Ay, por mis grandes traiciones

Por ti me fui, de ahí de ti
Por ti me fui, de ahí de ti
Por ti me fui, de ahí de ti
Por ti me vine aquí

Ay, no habían mas opciones
Ay, de sacarte de pobre

Por ti me fui, de ahí de ti
Por ti me fui, de ahí de ti
Por ti me fui, de ahí de ti
Por ti me vine aquí

Por ti me fui, de ahí de ti
Por ti me fui, de ahí de ti
Que lo sufrí, estar lejos de ti
Por ti me vine aquí

Migrant Love 

I love you from afar even if you can’t feel it
Left my name in my homeland with our sadly suffered goodbyes

Oh, I want to give you the reasons
Oh, for my great betrayals

Refrain:
For you, I left, left there, left you
For you, I left, left there, left you
For you, I left, left there, left you
I came here for your sake

With sadness in my soul I ran toward the northern border
You’ve grown up without a mother and will become a great man without me

Oh, to ask for your forgiveness
Oh, for my great betrayals

(Refrain)

Oh, there were no other options
Oh, to get you out of poverty

(Refrain)

For you, I left, left there, left you
For you, I left, left there, left you
And how I’ve suffered being far from you
I came here for your sake

The gorgeous music video was made by Elena & Los Fulanos and can be seen here. Below is the description of the video on Youtube.

Official video for “Amor Migrante” by Elena & Los Fulanos (www.elenalosfulanos.com), starring Rosario Reyes, an undocumented immigrant mother who has been separated from her son, José Ramón, for 12 years. Directed, filmed, and edited by Ellie Walton with assistance by Itzel-Marine Gourmelon. Produced by Elena Lacayo. Made with the support by America’s Voice Education Fund, National Immigration Law Center, National Council of La Raza, and We Belong Together.

Video official del tema “Amor Migrante” de Elena & Los Fulanos, protagonizada por Rosario Reyes, una madre indocumentada que ha estado separada de su hijo, José Ramón por 12 años. Dirgido, filmado, y editado por Ellie Walton con asistencia de Itzel-Marine Gourmelon. Producido por Elena Lacayo y hecho con el apoyo de America’s Voice Education Fund, National Immigration Law Center, El Consejo Nacional de La Raza, y We Belong Together.

 


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