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UU Service

Barron Family

By Jon Sievert

At this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, Arizona-born Katerina Barron relates the story of her husband Jesus’s deportation from the US and how it led to relocating their family to San Miguel de Allende.

When Katerina married Jesus in October 2015, she knew he was an undocumented immigrant with a criminal record for DUI but thought that if they did everything right and followed the law, he could somehow cleanse his record and apply for legal status. He had, after all, entered the US at the age of 5 with his family and knew no other life. His undocumented status did not start to become an issue until he reached high school and found job and education opportunities scarce.

In 2011, he decided to re-enter Mexico and look for opportunities in the town in Durango, where he was born. When that proved to be a big mistake, he sought to return to Arizona but was caught, detained, and deported. Desperate to return to his mother and siblings, he tried again and made it across. In 2013, he was deported a second time but again illegally returned to the US. By 2015, he and Katerina had become a couple. After an innocent brush with the law that could have had him deported a third time, they decided to seek legal advice and make an effort to clear his record. For two years, they attempted to make things right with the law, only to discover they never had a chance. Because Jesus illegally re-entered the US after being deported, he had been permanently barred without exception for coming back.

On June 6, 2017, he was again deported. Within hours, Katerina and their two children, Adero (age 5) and Sedona (age 2), crossed the border to join him and begin a new and unfamiliar life in Mexico. They chose San Miguel de Allende because there are so many English speakers and more opportunities because of the town’s prominent tourist appeal. The transition has been difficult, especially for the kids, but they are optimistic that things will work out. Jesus has a job, Adero is in school, and Katerina has become active in the local movement to help deportees adjust in a country where they have spent little of their lives. “People need to know about this,” she says. “It’s very exciting but, yes, it’s really hard. At that moment, there’s no going back. Your life is different forever.”

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. For information about our Children’s Sunday Program, contact us at The meeting room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


UU Service

“An American Family in Mexico”

By Katerina Barron

Sun, May 6, 10:30am

Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15





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