Susana Loera remembers the first time she heard her boss tell somebody to break the law. It was in early 2004, and the parents of a Mexican man arrested in Dallas had come to the consulate seeking advice. Luis Lara, Mexican vice consul for protection, found out that U.S. immigration had neglected to put a deportation hold on the prisoner, meaning he could still be released on bail. Lara turned to the anxious parents as... More >>>
Yolanda Mendez, left, escaped her abusive uncle and
went to the Mexican Consulate for help. She met Susana
Loera, right, who would become her adoptive mother.