Do-It-Yourself Deportation By ANTONIO ALARCÓN February 1, 2012 ONE of my happiest childhood memories is of my parents at my First Communion. But that’s because most of my memories from that time are of their being absent. They weren’t there for my elementary school graduation, or for parent-teacher conferences. From the time I was just a baby in Mexico, I lived with my grandparents while my parents traveled to other Mexican states to find work. I was 6 in 2000 when they left for the United States. And it took five years before they had steady jobs and were able to send for me. We’ve been together in this country ever since, working to build a life. Now I am 17 and a senior in high school in New York City. But my parents have left again, this time to return to Mexico. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/02/opinion/do-it-yourself-deportation.html?ref=illegalimmigrants Illegal do separate families.