Originally published by USA Today
"His daughters need him. I need him," Chica wrote in her op-ed. "His absence leaves a huge hole in the hearts of our family and our community. It feels like a death in the family."
She said her husband faced the threat of being deported to "a country he has not seen in almost a decade." She also said he is the family's main provider and a devoted father to their two daughters, the youngest of whom has a congenital heart defect.