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Published on Nov 7, 2011
Cineo Gonzales is a lawfully present immigrant and married father of two who has lived in Birmingham for more than 10 years. Gonzales works as a taxi driver, and has been ferrying families fleeing the state in fear to other parts of the country.
[first notes of The Star-Spangled Banner play] [serene music] - It don't really just affect our Hispanic community. It affects every single person, walk of life in every race in this country. A lot of people start panicking and leaving the state, hiding like criminals. I can tell you one case where it was, like, around 2:00 in the morning. Parent called me and said, "I need a taxi." I got there in a rush. Two pieces of luggage, three pieces of plastic bags. They had all their family, and I asked-- I asked them, "Where you going?" And they said, "North Carolina." I said, "Why are you going too fast?" And she-- "We are afraid of this state." I said, "Why you are afraid?" And she said, "About the new law, "immigration law. "And my husband last night "was followed by a police officer "all the way to the apartment complex, "and he was just too afraid "to keep staying here in Alabama, and this is why we're leaving." Their children, they are U.S. citizens, and they're running away in their own country.