Deportation, death of St. Anthony man profiled in New York Times
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ST. ANTHONY — The New York Times published a story Sunday about a St. Anthony librarian whose husband was deported to Mexico last year and later died trying to re-enter the United States.
In the story A Mexican Man’s Fatal Journey to Reclaim His American Life, the Times documents 45-year-old Adrián Luna. Luna moved to eastern Idaho when he was 18 and became a construction worker. He met his wife, Belinda, at a quinceañera. They married in 2009 and had four children together.
A little more than a year ago, the couple visited an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Idaho Falls, where they learned Luna was being deported to Mexico.
He tried to return to St. Anthony in July, but his body was found in the California desert.
“I started crying really bad and fell to the floor when I found out about my dad,” his daughter Emilie told the Times. “But what could I do, stop my life?” she asked. “That’s not a luxury I have.”