Out of the millions of immigrants who fight to come to the U.S. every year, retired boxer Ignacio Orestes Salazar Batista finally won the match.
One day, back in Cuba, Salazar’s cousin was going to the gym to spar. Salazar went along in case he needed to defend his cousin. He was afraid the more experienced boxer would try to do more than just box.
At the gym, Salazar was asked if he would like to put on gloves to spar. He had never seen boxing before, but he geared up for a loss that would lead to a career he never imagined.
Erlan Aristides Martinez and his wife Mima Fabiola Castro made some crucial decisions in their lifetimes, decisions that have forever changed not only their lives, but those of their sons.
Martinez and Castro now live in Bristol, Tennessee, thousands of miles from their place of birth: Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras.
Martin Ceron has never met his newborn son Enrique. He has not set foot in the United States in two years. His wife, Brenda Bustos, is 2,000 miles away in Erwin, Tennessee, while he is in Mexico City.
The family is being torn apart as a result of U.S. legislation on illegal immigrants.
“My parents are here, but he is my family,” said Bustos. “My family is down there, and I know he needs my support.”